“The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future, the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.” – Norman Sartorius, former President, World Psychiatric Association
There are no scientific tests that can be carried out to confirm the existence of a disorder. If there were verifiable brain scans, or any medical/scientific test that could show a physical/medical abnormality for any psychiatric disorder, the public would be getting such tests prior to being administered psychiatric treatments.
If one looks at the billions of pounds spent by the Government on treatments to ‘cure’ the phenomena labelled in the DSM and asks ‘has this resulted in any actual cure?’ – the answer is a resounding ‘No’. If the government were pouring good money after bad into subsidising failing companies would we tolerate this? If a builder were to incorrectly diagnose the reason for dry damp and keep providing the wrong treatment, would we continue with the same builder?
Should we not take a new look at the field of psychiatry? Certainly there are situations where people in society require help and assistance – and there are also extreme circumstances when constraint is necessary if there is a real physical danger to oneself or others. But is the solution spending billions on harmful treatments and drugs to treat conditions that are incorrectly diagnosed and then treated with physically damaging methods and mind-altering drugs?
More from the psychiatrirsts
“The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future, the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.” Norman Sartorius, former President of the World Psychiatric Association
“We do not know the causes [of any mental illness]. We don’t have the methods of ‘curing’ these illnesses yet.” Dr. Rex Cowdry, psychiatrist and director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1995
“What’s a cure?…it’s just that it’s a term that we don’t use in the medical [psychiatric] profession.” Dr. Joseph Johnson, California psychiatrist during court deposition, 2003.
Psychiatrists were surveyed about their “fantasies” concerning their practice. Their Number 1 fantasy was: 1: “…I will be able to ‘cure’ the patient.” The Number 2 fantasy was: “The patient wants to know what his or her problem is.” —Dr. Sander Berger, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University, Psychiatric Times, 1998
We invite you to look further at this in the video “No science – no cures“