My guest Dawn R. Nelson has a PsyD as well as a Masters in Divinity, and comes from a rich background of thoughtfully providing human services. She conducts her private practice based on principles similar to my Guidelines for Empathic Therapy and will inspire other therapists to practice true to themselves and their ideals. She exemplifies a growing consensus that therapists should be genuine and caring, as well as informed about the importance of childhood and nurturing in respect to who we are as adults. She renews my faith in the future of psychotherapy.
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"It [this video] lays bare the counterproductive nature of the medical model and the pseudoscience and elitism that support it. . . . few people understand the World Health Organization definition of mental health as a social welfare issue of “well-being. . . . emotional suffering (mental distress) is a natural reaction to distressful experiences, rather than a disease. The social welfare narrative also advocates that physical health directly affects mental health: physical sickness, allergies, nutritional deficits, fatigue, and environmental toxins can all lead to mental distress."
Largest malpractice award of its kind: $11.9 million malpractice verdict confirms that SSRI antidepressants can cause suicide. "The jury award confirms increasing judicial and public awareness that psychiatric drugs can cause violent and suicidal behaviors," according to the psychiatric expert Peter Breggin, MD.
the average couple waits 6 years before seeking help for marital problems
the Four Horsemen - criticism, contempt, defensiveness, stonewalling - predict divorce 5.6 years after the wedding
emotional withdrawal and the absence of positive affect - shared humor, affection, empathy - during conflict discussions predict divorce 16.2 years after the wedding
69% of all conflict in relationships is about unresolvable, perpetual problems - based on personality differences between partners. 16% of those perpetual issues involve gridlocked couple conflict.
“If we can’t get this stuff right for [statins] the single most commonly prescribed class of drug in the whole of the developed world – a tablet that is taken every day by 100 million people – then that’s a real window into our failures to do appropriate clinical trials throughout the whole of medicine.”
At the 2010 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans, a psychiatrist from the East coast shared her anger with me about the recent clamp down on Pharma financial perks to doctors. “They used to wine us and dine us. An SSRI maker flew my entire office to a Caribbean island…but now nothing,” she lamented.
Today, scientists' success often isn't measured by the quality of their questions or the rigor of their methods. It's instead measured by how much grant money they win, the number of studies they publish, and how they spin their findings to appeal to the public.
Over time the most successful people will be those who can best exploit the system . . .
Andrew Yount v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals,
Alabama man Austin Pledger, who was prescribed Risperdal in 2002 as a teenager for treatment of mood swings related to his autism, developed size 46 DD breasts, allegedly as a result of taking the drug.
Forced treatment in psychiatry is not evidence-based medicine, as this builds on reliable research, clinical expertise and the patients’ values and preferences, none of which apply.
The salesmen paid two New York-area physicians a total of $259,000 in kickbacks in 2014, according to the complaint.
The findings from controlled studies indicate that flourishing and resilience can be promoted by specific interventions leading to a positive evaluation of one’s self, a sense of continued growth and development, the belief that life is purposeful and meaningful, the possession of quality relations with others, the capacity to manage affectively one’s life, and a sense of self-determination.
Limits to Medicine put my unease into words. Written as part of a broader critique of industrialised society and its institutions, Illich’s basic thesis is that technological hubris has led us to forget the limits of the human condition. We have come to believe that technology can eradicate all human suffering and provide unblemished and everlasting happiness. We have paid for this irrational expectation with our autonomy, our dignity and our ability to endure.
Difficult as this is to write as a doctor, there is something inherently degrading about medicine. After all, it involves allowing someone else to interfere with your body, your own personal, physical self.
Submitting yourself to medicine now requires the wholesale signing away of your bodily integrity.