This is an anti-psychiatry website. I say this with no apology. I am opposed to psychiatry because:
- Its concepts are pathetically spurious, and have no explanatory value.
- Its practices are harmful, disempowering and stigmatizing.
- It is routinely deceptive towards it clients and towards the general public.
- It has avidly sustained a corrupt and corrupting relationship with pharma.
But every once in a while I come across a psychiatrist who is different. Recently I came across a post written by 1 Boring Old Man. The post – titled no further comment – is dated February 20 2012.
Here are two quotes:
“I think it’s time for the body of Psychiatry to look back on the last thirty years, particularly the last twenty, and acknowledge that there has been a lot of just outright wrong: producing and accepting lousy science; signing on to lousy science produced by others; colluding with the Pharmaceutical Industry in recommendations and prescriptions; corruption involving ghost-writing, guest authoring, conflicts of interest, direct drug promotion, downplaying or ignoring adverse effects.”
“I was a Silent Witness to something pretty rotten, and I didn’t take the time or put in the effort to scope it out. So I share in the shame. Like a lot of us, I quit the APA instead of going to the meetings and offering an opposing and questioning voice. I am truly sorry about that. No further comment to follow…
Writing something like that takes a lot of courage.