Normative Male Alexithemia. Possibly I was annoyed because I was seated next to my marriage counselor (who embraced the idea that talking about feelings was the way to a healthy marriage) and listened to him complain about his estranged wife. Possibly it was the speaker insisting he is a feminist, and showing the audience a scripted series of "counseling sessions" he offered as evidence of his bullshit premise. Possibly it was the audience of 100 or so trained and licensed psychologists, supposedly skilled observers of human behavior, that had no idea the sessions were fake and the client was an actor. And they were being spoon fed gender propaganda and cultural narratives that fed their confirmation bias. Whatever it was, it really pissed me off. Also an interview with John Ryan
Episode 14: SSRI's
The research is accumulating against the widespread use of SSRI meds. It seems very clear that these drugs are ineffective and harmful. I’m including links to only a tiny bit of the information out there.
Irving Kirsch The Emperors New Drugs
Peter Kramer Listening to Prozac
Summary of controversy on Kramer, as well as a comprehensive takedown
Paxil 329, the official PDF
And rebuttals, rebuttals rebuttals
Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
Wikipedia on Hamilton Rating Scale
Are benzos addictive? Some say yes
Are SSRI’s addictive? Some say yes. people selling them say no, (just don’t stop taking them after you become dependent)
Did the black box warnings decrease the number of SSRI’s being prescribed? Nope
Birth defects, This is an overview of literature on the subject
Link between SSRI and suicide/homicide
Is the chemical imbalance theory still being marketed?
Episode 13, a discussion about the instinct to encourage people to accept their illness and comply with medications even when people deteriorate in treatment. We also discuss the sad case of Dan Cantrell, who's mental health deteriorated after getting "help", and killed his father. Cantrell is suing his providers.
A rant about informed consent and a comment on the Hippocratic Oath. A Psychiatrist should inform the patient of diagnosis, risks, side effects, and treatment options. And real medical doctors shoould aviod doing harm to their patients. According to "Key Opinion Leaders" such as Dr Ron Pies, no well informed psychiatrist has ever promoted the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness, much less presented it as established fact.
We then discuss a bit about crazy wisdom, which is applied narratives.
And finally we have our first interview. "Fiona" is a certified occupational therapy assistant who has worked in mental health for almost 30 years.
Rosenhan experiment, on being sane in insane places. Demonstrates the reliability and validity of mental health diagnosis, which is to say, none at all. We suggest the power of suggestion may be responsible for the incredible rise of mental illness over the last 50 years. We also discuss support groups, and how these actually support the system rather then the people needing support. also more professionals in the news