Over the last 100 years, or so, a New and Destructive philosophy has been firmly entrenched in the human psyche. That is: We are animals driven by our needs and desires, governed by by our environment, our needs and values, controlled by the vagaries of our mind.
This “mind” is defined as our brain. A completely artificial construct, designed to lift practitioners of clinical psychology out of the cultural hole they’ve dug for themselves.
There is very little respect for ‘shrinks’ in our society, despite their intelligence and training. Even those who resort to them seem to have little trust in their ability to fix whatever problem vexes them, no matter how long they try. The jokes are legion. The impression is they may be able to fix the ailment, but it depends on which psychologist or psychiatrist we see and how long it takes. Often, we’re told the counseling must continue as long as we are alive, if we want to live a normal life.
No medical practioner would last 5 years, doing what a psychiatrist does. The local governing authority would lift their license! Why? Because, if it’s medical, it MUST conform to a standard of ordinary practice. Every Medical Doctor in America will treat malaria the same way or risk losing his/ her license.
In the psychological community, it appears almost anything goes! It has long been a standing joke that 10 psychiatrists, confronted with the same set of presenting symptoms, will offer 11 different diagnosis. The ‘joke’ is supported by every test, of this sort, the psychological community has mounted. It seems they have stopped doing it, in the last decade or so.
Their Problem? They are not treating a physical organ. They are treating a series of symptoms; symptoms that have a multitude of differing causes, most of which are not measurable under a microscope.
To gain some degree of credibility, they hit upon the idea that the brain is the mind. They then applied medical terminology, calling the psychological problem a disorder. Since most people are impressed by a physical disorder, they have been able to operate without nearly as much criticism and mocking.
But, is the brain our ‘mind?’ Or is it an organic system for translating the decisions of the mind into actions? The rise of psychiatric drugs answers the question for the psychological, pharmaceutical and clinical societies. If we can manipulate the brain chemistry or influence the brain’s electrical pathways, we can cure our depression?
There are a number of serious problems with this hypothesis, not the least of which is the chemicals we are introducing into our system to ‘solve’ the problem. History records the danger of those chemicals, especially over long periods of time. Very often they can cause the same symptoms they are designed to heal. Any edition of the Physician’s Desk Reference [PDR], that records a chemical compound’s value and side effects, will demonstrate this reality.
WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE?
To Be Continued…
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