Some interesting quotations (Part 7)

You might find some (or all) of the following quotes interesting:

“Whatever we’ve been doing for five decades, it ain’t working.” Dr. Thomas Insel (former director of the National Institute of Mental Health)

* “Sophisticated and superstitious therapists often wonder where a symptom goes when it goes away. Is it really gone? Will it come back in another form? And now that it’s gone, what might it really have been trying to express. These wonderings show a sense that there is a ‘something else’ in a symptom besides its asocial, dysfunctional, and handicapping badness.” Dr. James Hillman. The Soul’s Code: in search of Character and Calling.

The pharmaceutical [companies] were delighted with the DSM.” — Dr. Robert Spitzer, creator of DSM-III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

“… look at the vast sums of money spent on genomic research with … skimpy results that have never influenced treatment in any way. But who proved that mental disorder has a genetic basis? Nobody—it was just assumed as an article of faith.” Dr. Niall McLaren (psychiatrist), The Biocognitive Model for Biopsychosocial Psychiatry, Psychiatric Times.

* “If there is one fact that you can glean from the history of psychiatry it’s the power of psychiatrists to be deluded about the merits of their therapies.” Robert Whitaker (author of Mad in America).

“Most psychiatric drugs have not been proven, in properly designed randomized trials, to improve the course of any illnesses they are purported to treat; specifically they have not been shown to prevent hospitalization or extend life, as many clinicians believe.” Dr. Nassir Ghaemi (psychiatrist), Symptomatic versus disease-modifying effects of psychiatric drugs, Acta Scandinavica Psychiatrica.

* “There is no physiological marker of depression (or any other MH disorder)…To put it bluntly, there is no decisive evidence that low mood is caused by low serotonin levels, nor of what SSRIs actually do to serotonin levels in the brains of patients.” Professor Matthew Cobb, The Idea of the Brain.

* “It is far more important to know what sort of person the disease has, than to know what sort of disease the person has” – Hippocrates

You can find additional interesting quotes hereherehere, here, and also here.

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