Doing Psychiatry Wrong: A Critical and Prescriptive Look at by René J. Muller

By René J. Muller

The prospect that the psychiatric occupation has damage instead of helped lots of its sufferers is extremely disheartening; even if, unsuitable diagnoses and mistaken therapy are all too universal blunders in the box.

Author René Muller provides a revealing investigate how psychiatry has failed an excellent majority of sufferers, the entire whereas spotting the valiant efforts made by way of psychiatrists who retain their integrity and serve their sufferers good. the result's an enlightening critique of the profession―one that pits feedback of psychiatry's present organic aid and exaggerated supplies opposed to the collected knowledge of a occupation that has struggled for a century and a part to appreciate and aid people with psychological illness.

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Then he addressed these words directly to me: “You’re seeing a miracle here. indd 39 5/29/07 8:07:34 AM 40 • Doing Psychiatry Wrong I had the distinct impression Adam was telling me he knows something important about himself that I did not know—what made his illness ­necessary. I had long suspected that Adam may have a significant secret he is trying to cover up with his addiction and paranoia. Is that what he meant when he told me earlier, “Instead of taking all that medication, I should have dealt with what was going on”?

There would be no mind, no imagination, no subjectivity­, and no consciousness without a functioning brain substrate, as we know from observing the consequences of trauma, dementia, and other insults to the brain. But, in spite of what biological psychiatry and the drug companies would have us believe, the data derived from a large and growing literature do not explain the essence of any mental illness. We simply do not know how the productions of consciousness are derived from the workings of the brain.

Eventually, Adam told me more about his early life. His father and mother both drank heavily when he was a child. They were socially active and entertained friends and business associates at their large house in an upper-middle-class neighborhood. At age eight, Adam would sneak downstairs after parties his parents had given and drink the wine and hard liquor left in the glasses of the departed guests. Because his parents and their friends seemed to enjoy drinking, Adam got the idea that drinking was a good thing.

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