I’ve questioned Carmine’s scientific credibility before (see previous post). I think the Royal College of Psychiatrists may even have appreciated that he overstates his case (see another previous post). For example, he wrongly sees critical/relational psychiatry, which has produced the critique of antidepressants he rebuffs, as dualist (see yet another previous post).
Carmine does need to take the critique of antidepressant efficacy more seriously (see previous post). I told him this several years ago (see another previous post). No one’s disputing what he says that many people report benefit with antidepressants. But the question is whether that means that antidepressants work (see yet another previous post), which he says it does. Actually, people’s experience of antidepressants is more complex than mere benefit (see even another previous post).
Carmine will not like my sceptical argument about the overstatement of psychiatric medication efficacy because of biased clinical trial methodology (see previous post). He worries people are being shamed for taking antidepressants (see another previous post). But he seems to fail to realise that doctors have always exploited the placebo effect. Why he’s being so overdefensive could be because he fears that antidepressants may be another example. The overmedicalisation of society has created too much antidepressant prescribing (see yet another previous post). If psychiatry carries on in the way Carmine wants it to then I anticipate there are going to be serious problems (see last post).