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“Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems… Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.” Dr. Peter Breggin

Apr 25, 2013

Criticism of Thomas Insel's TED Talk: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

via TEDTalks:

Near the end he says, "Now to be clear, we're not quite ready to do this. We don't have all the facts. We don't actually even know what the tools will be, nor what to precisely look for in every case to be able to get there before the behavior emerges as different. But this tells us how we need to think about it, and where we need to go."

There is no evidence that ANY psychiatric diagnosis is caused by an underlying disease pathology, no "brain disease" has ever been identified in any person alive or dead; making Insel's suggestion at the very least, premature. It is more of a statement of Insel's personal belief in the biological hypothesis of "mental illness." His speech is more a promotion for the unethical, but lucrative relationship between the American Psychiatric Association and the pharmaceutical industry.

via Integral Options Cafe:

"This video represents what is so painfully wrong about the medical model of mental illness. TED should be ashamed of promoting such patently misleading and financially motivated crap." here

via Neuroautomaton:

The TED Model of Mental Illness: Thomas Insel
an excerpt:
"In other words, Insel’s “early identification and prevention” premise is completely unsupported by the reality. In fact, the “evidence” he uses to support this strategy for going forward (from a very special case of childhood-onset schizophrenia) may have no correlate in very common and disabling disorders like depression. Even if we could implement society-wide brain scans at an early age, there’s a very good chance that there won’t be anything useful to discover there for predicting the course of common mental disorders." here

Mindhacks Blog Deeper into genetic challenges to psychiatric diagnosis

For more on the "science" behind the disease model of schizophrenia see Mary Boyle 'Schizophrenia' and genetics: does critical thought stop here?

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