Top 10 Lessons From Psychiatry

I recently read a blog entry, Adventures In PA Rotation: Top 10 Things learned from Psychiatry, in ADVANCE For Physician Assistants. Soon afterwards I lost access to the website and the insights of physician assistant Timothy Loerke detailed therein, too. Nonetheless I thought I would come up with my own Top 10 list on the subject. Needless to say the education I received was very different from that which Mr. Loerke is recieving.

1. Psychiatry can kill you. People in the mental health system are dying at an age on average 15 to 25 years younger than the rest of the population. That’s 15 to 25 years kaput, missed, not there. While generally we refer to the taking of life as murder, in psychiatry this taking of life is called treatment.

2. Iatrogenic, or physician caused, disease is epidemic in the psychiatric field. This wide spread epidemic is the subject of a massive cover up by mainstream media in cahoots with the multi-billion dollar psycho pharmaceutical industrial complex.

3. Psychiatric drugs have harmful properties. Long term use of neuroleptic drugs, the drugs most commonly used in the treatment of psychosis, is known to cause severe cognitive decline.

4. Biological medical model psychiatry is mostly about pushing pills. They even have a word in their specialized professional jargon for this drug pushing, and that word is psychopharmacology.

5. Psychiatrists spend the least time with their patients than anybody else on the ward. They rely for their analyses, when it isn’t a review of a weekly 15 minute session with the patient, mostly on the observations of other staff members.

6. Psychiatrists are not priests. Any confession you make to one is unlikely to get you past the pearly gates. The man-made inferno of the psychiatric institution requires a little more dexterous truth stretching to manipulate skillfully.

7. Psychiatrists make diagnoses. They label people. If you don’t want to have a ‘sickness’, if you don’t want a psychiatric label applied to you, you don’t make a visit to the psychiatrist’s office.

8. A psychiatric intervention can be a difficult experience for a person to recover from. I am continually amazed at the numbers of people who find themselves caught up in the disability for life system…for a lifetime.

9. Psychiatry is not about caring, psychiatry is about pretending to care. Negative self fulfilling prophesies are manifestly abundant in the mental health treatment field. When you prophesize the worst, you are excusing people from taking any preventive measures to counteract such eventualities.

10. If mental illness translates into dependence on the psychiatric mental health system, mental health translates into independence and separation from that same psychiatric mental health system. Given this circumstance, just do the math and you will find, as I have done, that in the case of psychiatry and mental health, less of the one tends to mean more of the other.