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  •  There are psychiatrists who don't prescribe meds (1+ / 0-)
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    but natural stuff (orthomoleculer MD's for example). And there are a few out there that still do therapy.

    I simply think that psychiatric diagnoses are for the most part trumped up pseudoscience, and that academic psychiatry is in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry

    That is really all I need to know about you. You can't treat  a disease without a diagnostic framework. And the only thing I see wrong with the way things are is that some doctors, usually GP's, over-prescribe psych meds such as antidepressents without first determining whether the depression is endogenous or exogenous and whether it might fall into another framework such as bipolar or schizoaffective disorder. Antidepressants work no better than a placebo for situational depression, but work well with true clinical depression. I do not think that GP's should be allowed to prescribe psych meds, only qualified psychiatrists.

    I am curious why you would prescribe meds at all, if you do not trust the pharmaceutical companies?

    I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

    by Pixie5 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:15:41 AM PDT

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    •  I wrote this before your last response (0+ / 0-)

      so it is a bit harsh. I still would be interested in a response.

      I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

      by Pixie5 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:25:19 AM PDT

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    •  Glad to answer that question. (10+ / 0-)

      But first, would you please quit making declarative statements like "that's all I need to know about you"? Do you think Major Depression is a disease? Because, medically speaking, a disease is a pathological entity that has a consistent presentation, and a known cause--like, say, "streptococcal pneumonia". It's infection of the lung caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a bacteria.

      Major Depression, on the other hand, is a collection of associated signs and symptoms, WITHOUT a known causative agent. No neurochemical deficit has been scientifically verified whatsoever, nor can it be done with contemporary technology. (Response to medications doesn't verify a neurochemical deficit, as is amply explained on my website and in my Youtube video.) Such an entity is referred to in other medical specialties as a syndrome, not a disease. And look at the checklist of symptoms--a disorder that is verified by increased OR decreased sleep, increased OR decreased appetite, psychomotor retardation OR agitation. Does that sound like a convincing "disease" to you.

      Many contemporary psychiatrists simply prescribe pills, regardless of contributing stressors. If I think a patient's depression stems from a miserable marriage, I dare to share with them that concern, and explore the issue. Not many psychiatrists will trouble themselves to do so.

      Scientifically speaking, the DSM is a crock of shit. We treat SYMPTOMS, not diseases.

      Battling psychiatric myths with sensible skepticism at

      by candid psychiatrist on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:35:30 AM PDT

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