by Benjamin Merhav
I quote from a news article by the editor of Scope, Stanford University's School of Medicine newsletter : "It’s time for psychiatry to “hug the sciences.” That’s what Laura Roberts, MD, chair of the school’s psychiatry department, says in a special report on the future of psychiatry in the new issue of Stanford Medicine magazine."(See : http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/
The Scope editor continues her article as follows : "In the report, “Inside the head: The future of psychiatry,” Roberts talks about efforts to end the historic split between psychiatry’s two camps – those favoring psychotherapy and those favoring biological treatments." However, that "historic split" in Psychiatry has got very little significance regarding both the dogma and practice of psychiatry because of the following reasons :
1. both are based on the big lie of "mental illness", and with no scientific proof of its existence; and if there is no illness then there is no need, of course, for any psychiatric "treatment", let alone compulsory one.
2. Although a non coercive "psychotherapy" would be far less brutal, and not dependent on the bribes and pressures of Big Pharma, it would still carry with it the psychiatric "stigma" which can only worsen the emotional crises for the people labelled as "mental patients".
3. As emotional crises are directly or indirectly the result of inhuman political regimes, the long term solution for people in crises - excluding deficiencies of any nutrients in the body, or the detrimental effects of any harmful lifestyle - must be political too, rather than medical. First and foremost is the need to embrace people in crisis, rather then cause their isolation and degradation as psychiatric "treatments" do, and this too is associated with the political regime.
4. In the meantime, as a temporary measure of relief, there are plenty of alternatives to psychiatric "treatments", including well established ones, like yoga meditation and sports activities. Even trained dogs can be more helpful than psychiatrists (according to the testimony of an Australian woman psychiatrist).The trouble is that the shrinks are opposed to any alternative, for fear of losing their monopoly on mental health.