Psychiatry In Crisis Because of Systemic Failure

   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

     Wherein we see that psychiatry thinks it can do things which are the opposite of what it actually does, create worse conditions and dependency.

Launch of the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry

James Davies, Ph.D.


When I started working in the NHS in Britain I pretty much accepted the mainstream view – that psychiatric drugs work, that the categories of mental disorder have been established via solid scientific research, and that we are now on the cusp of understanding the biology of mental illness. I was wrong.

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    Always just about to understand the physiological substrate of “mental illness”, the same place as it was 50 years ago when I started to hear this unfounded assumption. This assumption  maybe not unfounded because, if you are about to make a “breakthrough”, you cannot be proven wrong because the future will prove you right. Fifty years–any time now.

I only learnt how totally wrong I was, when I began researching and writing a book on the unhappy truth about psychiatry. This led me to interview many of the founding fathers of the profession. From them I heard many startling confessions about the flimsy and unscientific foundations upon which modern psychiatry rests. The picture that emerged was one of a profession in serious crisis; a profession that is, and as I state in the book’s title, seriously, disconcertingly, in both senses of the term, Cracked.

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   A booming confidence in your own ability is not evidence, it’s propaganda.

After its publication I had the opportunity to help set up a new critical psychiatry organization. While this organization celebrates that the critical psychiatry community grows in size and influence, exposing with ever greater confidence the various failings and dangers of psychiatry, its also regrets that this community’s vital message often fails to reach those in positions of political influence; those who can shape policy to address the mounting evidence of psychiatric harm.

The aim of our new organization, then, is to help to fill this gap. The organization – the Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry (CEP) – was informally launched in London this week. CEP will fight to bring to the heart of the political and medical establishment evidence that clearly exposes areas where psychiatry is doing more harm than good.

The official launch of CEP will take place on 30th April 2014 in the Houses of Parliament, London. And to mark the occasion two eminent critics will address the invited audience of journalists, MPs, policy makers, practitioners and survivor advocates. Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, a senior researcher and psychiatrist at University College London, will first talk about the exaggerated benefits of psychotropic medications, discussing the largely ignored evidence of their toxic and long-term debilitating effects.

She will be followed by Professor Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, the gold standard for the review of medical research data.  He will talk about failed drug regulation, buried negative clinical trial data, conflicts of interest at medical journals, drug-induced harms, and other issues familiar to Mad in America subscribers.

Both speakers are members of CEP and so reflect the organisation’s core belief: that we are in the midst of a psychiatric drug epidemic with devastating consequences for public health. During the launch we will also show short films of survivor stories, to bring to life how damaging the impact of psychiatric treatment can be.

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     Doesn’t work, but used extensively. This has never happened before. Communism, economic stimulus, recovered memories, systematic Satanic abuse, oh wait–It happens all the time.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “
Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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