Is Psychiatry a Pseudoscience?

Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!: I think Mr Lindsay would do well to read Crazy Like Us if he hasn’t already.

Is psychiatry a pseudoscience?

Yes and no. That is, the phenomena of mental illness are genuine, but their investigation is sorely lacking in rigor. This added to the fact that psychiatry is a business in the US and the Anglosphere more generally results in huge over-diagnosis, pathologizing difference, etc., and children are the easiest marks for this con.

As someone who works with people who have actual diagnosed DSM disorders on a regular basis, I definitely think that a lot of these things are real, and they are indeed disorders. We actually try very hard not to pathologize anything that could remotely be seen as normal conduct, and we cast a wide net for that phrase.

The people I deal with have Axis 1 disorders, and they are suffering from the most incredible pain and misery. Many of them are almost literally living in Hell. I lost one client to suicide. Further, the disorder often makes it very hard for them to function well in society. It’s not uncommon that I have clients who have been hospitalized, sometimes on multiple occasions.

Axis 2 is real too. Those are real disorders. I have known some people on Axis 2 (personality disorders), and trust me, they are not normal in any way, shape or form. Mostly they are making other people miserable, but the disorder is usually screwing up their own life in a big way too.

As far as psychiatry being a pseudoscience, well, I get people who are misdiagnosed all the time. I’m not allowed to give legal DSM diagnoses, but I tell them my opinion on what they have and how they are misdiagnosed. Often I get people diagnosed psychotic who are not psychotic at all.

Some of them are pretty crazy, but just because you feel really nuts does not mean you are psychotic. Psychosis is a loss of touch with reality. If you are not out of touch with reality, you are not psychotic. Psychosis is grossly misdiagnosed in the US. If you feel really crazy, you get diagnosed “psychotic.” It is just the field’s way of saying “this person is seriously crazy.” But seriously crazy is not the same thing as psychotic. You would not believe how nuts people can feel without being psychotic. Your world can get seriously weirded out when you are not even psychotic at all.

I also get people who are mis-prescribed all the time. Psychiatrists hand this stuff out like candy and they severely play down the side effects.

In short, yes it’s a real science, but we don’t have formal tests like lab tests or X-rays to actually make a perfect diagnosis. So we have to go on symptoms, and it can be quite hard to diagnose a mentally ill person correctly. I have dealt with people who had been diagnosed with 10-15 different disorders. There was no way that they currently had all of those conditions when I spoke to them. This person was extremely ill though, I would agree with that. Unbelievably ill.

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19 responses to “Is Psychiatry a Pseudoscience?

  1. the only mirror we have

    btw, i don’t have it in for psychology or psychiatry. economics is even worse. although the phenomena economics investigates are easily measured in a totally objective way. economics’s problem is interpretation of facts. psychology’s problem is facts and their interpretation.

    the social sciences in general have three huge problems.

    their phenomena are very complex and often difficult to measure.
    whereas the laws of nature are unchanging, the laws of human societies vary by time and place/history and geography.
    the folks who go into these areas are often very bright, but in general not as bright as the folks in natsci, especially the physical sciences.

  2. Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!

    i think Crazy Like Us makes the point that the only hard science among the social sciences is…

    anthropology.

  3. Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!

    at my uni linguistics was part of humanities.

    even stranger, history was part of social science.

    of the non-nerd subjects that are still pretty “hard”, there’s really only…

    anthro, linguistics, finance.

  4. Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!

    yeah. sorry to say it. but it’s true.

    finance can get pretty motherfucking hard.

  5. Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!

    must agree in avatar and name. i get it.

    btw, i don’t have it in for psychology or psychiatry. economics is even worse. although the phenomena economics investigates are easily measured in a totally objective way. economics’s problem is interpretation of facts. psychology’s problem is facts and their interpretation.

    the social sciences in general have three huge problems.

    their phenomena are very complex and often difficult to measure.
    whereas the laws of nature are unchanging, the laws of human societies vary by time and place/history and geography.
    the folks who go into these areas are often very bright, but in general not as bright as the folks in natsci, especially the physical sciences.

  6. Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!

    and as our president elect might say…

    oh believe me!

    i’m the last person who’d claim that anti-depressants don’t work…

    although they may work for very few, they worked for me…rocket fuel…

    oh believe me!

    BUT…

    no one knows why they work…the serotonin bullshit was just marketing…

    so what’s the real deal?

    the real deal is…

    psychiatrists are drug dealers, BUT that’s NOT a bad thing. the BAD thing is they charge $300 an hour. the BAD thing is the drugs are at least $300 a month.
    therapy only works because most of the time the therap-ist has a much higher IQ than the therap-ee.

    at the same time…the california rocket fuel didn’t cure me…

    it IMPROVED me…

    like low dose amphetamine, i’d guess almost everyone would do better on the rocket fuel.

    try it yourself!

    venlafaxine + mirtazapine

    • Have you tried any of the amphetamines before like Focalin or Adderall? What did you think of them?

    • Jason Y

      the real deal is…

      psychiatrists are drug dealers, BUT that’s NOT a bad thing. the BAD thing is they charge $300 an hour. the BAD thing is the drugs are at least $300 a month.

      But I do think crack cocaine and heroin are still far worse drugs. But are they?

  7. Psychology is no more than Shakespere rebranded as science. But now, it increasingly become a Orwellian tool, a doublespeak tool and a tool to get elites, pervert off hook.

    For example LGBT keep going to streets and tell everyone how they are being discriminated and even though no one put a gun on their head when they are privately fucking.

    Then academics invent something like LGBT is congenital, and they must suck cock.

    Why cant they remain a VIRGIN like I do. I even have women who ask me to fuck her but I refused.

    Today anyone can murder and walk free so long he is rich enough to bribe a doctor to testify that he has depression.

  8. Bribery is easier in China than in the West and such a crime is unlikely to be unpunished.

  9. INDRAVARUNA Goa is the only place you’ll find Jews in India and they are mostly partying.

    Blame the Baniya castes or being Dota Caste or even British India but please give me a break, Jews do not run India.

    You run yourselves and not very well.

    • Country Bumpkin

      Are they Bukharan?

      I agree there are so few it is really quite impossible they would run everything.

      There may be a few thousand out of a billion.
      0.001%

    • Country Bumpkin

      Portuguese Sephardics are a people that take well to merchantry, they probably are too busy making good money as opposed to delving into the crazy world of Indian politics.

  10. Dylan Roof said psychiatry was a “Jewish scam”. I wonder if he’s a follower of Robert Mugabe/Vancouver! Vancouver!?

  11. Jason Y

    A lot of it is a scam to make money for drug companies. I mean, some kid who breathes 2nd hand tobacco smoke all day, drinks gallons of soda pop, and eats junk food has ADD, Are we shocked?

    Also, the cure is worse than the problem. Basically, they are drugging little boys to make them little girls.

    I got as much love for psychiatrists as witch doctors. The solution? A return to natural ways to improve mental health like exercise and a good diet.

    • Jason Y

      Of course, it’s also noted kids don’t exercise anymore but rather play video games, so I’m sure that contributing to ADD.

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