Appealing to the Almighty offers awe-inspiring economic potential. In the Bible, both Moses and Jesus heal lepers. Think what they could do with diabetes or cancer! Still, the question remains whether prayers by ordinary people can produce an equivalent clinical impact.
Preventive psychiatry may someday be of significant service in reducing the burden of human suffering -- but only if it can be done really well. And the sad truth is that we don't yet have the necessary tools.
There were approximately 662,000 children in foster care in the U.S. in 2010. Now, there is a Government Accounting Office report confirming that foster children in five states are receiving shocking amounts of psychiatric drugs.
Many tragic acts of suicide and violence could be averted by reducing or stopping the use of anti-depressant drugs, and by greater professional and public awareness of the dangers associated with these drug.
The judge declared in his decision, "His basic normalcy now further confirms he no longer poses a risk of violence to anyone and that his mental deterioration and resulting violence would not have taken place without exposure to Prozac."
Children with extreme degrees of impulsivity, distractibility and hyperactivity are easy to diagnose with ADHD. However because these behaviors vary (from none to many) in a bell shaped distribution curve, most of ADHD diagnosed in this country is of the mild variety.
The number of Americans who are diagnosed or diagnosable with a serious mental illness has skyrocketed. What is going on? Why are Americans suffering a mental health epidemic that is unique in the developed world?
It's part biological and part psychological and spiritual. But there's no doubt about the direction that humankind must go in--toward empathic individual relationships and ultimately a more empathic culture.
I would not be in the position I am in both professionally and personally if it were not for my years on the chair and/or the couch. Without therapy, I would have continued to be unsure of my instincts and talents.
As we grow in awareness of the harm perpetrated by biological psychiatry, we need more focus on the on the life-giving principles that have moved me and many others to take up the cause of reform in psychiatry.
While pushing drugs and teaching positive thinking earns mental health professionals money and brownie points with the elite, there is another path for mental health professionals working with U.S. soldiers.
Back in the day, psychiatrists actually spent time talking with patients. Today, psychotherapy is given by those who know very little about psychoactive drugs and appropriately can't write prescriptions.
One in six service members is now taking at least one psychiatric drug, with many soldiers taking "drug cocktail" combinations. There has also been a large increase in military suicides over the last eight years.