Sunday, September 29, 2013

Psychiatry shooting itself in the foot

Just to reinforce my previous post, the President of the American Psychiatric Association has said that the mass shooting in the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., like previous such tragedies, "reflects the failings of the U.S. mental health care system" (see post). The answer to my question about why psychiatry accepts this projection is that he believes this will increase the social and political will to provide quality mental health services.

Even if his motive is to provide every person with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder with "access to affordable, quality mental health treatment", he doesn't provide any evidence that psychiatry can identify and treat perpetrators of mass shootings. To encourage this phantasy is a folie a deux between psychiatry and the public.


Francesca Allan said...

When it comes to predicting violence, psychiatrists can't beat a coin toss.

Mary Maddock said...

Psychiatry itself has caused violence and is even causing more violence in our present day world! Many people are traumatized, psychiatry with its DSM/drugs/electroshock adds more and more! Psychiatrists cannot predict the future but they definitely try hard! They label others as being delusional but when it comes to themselves they have no problem with their own delusions! There is no chemical brain imbalance but there is definitely a power imbalance!