Protesters Lobby Against the Shrinks: Stop Medicalizing The Normal Symptoms of Life!

Administrator 50 Signs of the Times Health & Wellness
Print Email

"LABEL jars, not people" and "stop medicalising the normal symptoms of life" read placards, as hundreds of protesters - including former patients, academics and doctors - gathered to lobby the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) annual meeting. The demonstration aimed to highlight the harm the protesters believe psychiatry is perpetrating in the name of healing. One concern is that while psychiatric medications are more widely prescribed than almost any drugs in history, they often don't work well and have debilitating side effects. Psychiatry also professes to respect human rights, while regularly treating people against their will. Finally, psychiatry keeps expanding its list of disorders without solid scientific justification. At the heart of the issue is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) - psychiatry's diagnostic "bible" (see main story). Allen Frances, who headed the last major rewrite of the manual - DSM-IV - fears that the revised version will undermine the profession's credibility. "What concerns me most," he says, "is that its publication will dramatically expand the realm of psychiatry and narrow the realm of normality."
Read Full Article Read Full Article


x

You can contact us at:
info@realtruthtalks.com