Psychiatry as subjective pseudo-science?
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Involuntary treatment is based on one article of faith: that the diagnosis of mental illness is reliable. It is function of what is really real and not the personality, training, philosophy or experience of the person doing the assessment. The assumption is that any competent professional would make the same diagnosis that someone else made. This is a critical point. Anything that questions the objectivity of the process challenges the legitimacy of the whole process.
If doctors tend to see what they are trained to see or what they are used to seeing then that is a real problem. Psychiatric assessment of any kind is not just a medical thing, but a matter of personal preference or belief. On a personal note I have watched different psychiatrists in a hospital or a private practice have very different assessments of the same people. In reading Gary Greenberg’s book “Book…
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