Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways: But Can It Change?

March 17, 2014

Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways - But Can It Change
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Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways - But Can It Change

Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, recently interviewed Robert Whitaker. Whitaker is the author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness. In this book, Whitaker documented evidence that standard drug treatments were making many patients worse over the long term, and he detailed the lack of science behind these treatments.

Introducing his interview, Levine writes that:

“In the past four years, the psychiatry establishment has pivoted from first ignoring Whitaker to then debating him and attempting to discredit him to currently agreeing with many of his conclusions. But will Whitaker’s success in changing minds result in a change for the better in treatment practices?

I was curious about Whitaker’s take on the recent U-turns by major figures in the psychiatry establishment with respect to antipsychotic drug treatment, the validity of the “chemical imbalance” theory of mental illness and the validity of the DSM, psychiatry’s diagnostic bible. And I was curious about Whitaker’s sense of psychiatry’s future direction.”

I strongly recommend that you read the entire interview, which you can find at: Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways: But Can It Change? 

Additional Resources for Science and a System of Care

Biblical counselors have always stated that our “mission” is a system of care that is truly Scripture-based and that truly respects accurate science-based studies.

Whitaker and Levine state that their primary goal or mission is that psychological and psychiatric treatment be truly evidenced-based. That is, that the diagnosis and treatment of hurting people be based upon accurate scientific study. Whitaker words his mission like this:

“But in terms of accomplishing my mission, well, I guess my ‘mission’ would be to see that our society would actually build a system of care that was truly science-based, particularly in its use of psychiatric drugs.”

You can find Whitaker’s book here: Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

An excellent book that respects Scripture-based counseling and science-based studies is Dr. Charles Hodges’ Good Mood Bad Mood.

Another interesting look at the science or pseudo-science of modern psychiatry is Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Allen Frances which you can find here.

Recently, I penned a series of blog posts on Depression, Medication, and Biblical Counseling.

“I’m Thinking about Going to the Doctor for Depression Meds”—What Is a Compassionate, Comprehensive Response?: http://bit.ly/1e9Rpm5

David Murray and Bob Kellemen Interact about Depression: http://bit.ly/1bv2ycJ

Can an Unregenerate Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist Be Christ-Centered?: http://bit.ly/1cq85pa

Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy the Same as Biblical Mind/Heart Renewal?: http://bit.ly/1eg0Osp

6 Words of Counsel about Depression, Medication, and Biblical Counseling: http://bit.ly/6BCWords

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What is your opinion of Levine’s interview of Whitaker in Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways: But Can It Change?

BCC Staff Note: This post first appeared at Dr. Kellemen’s RPM Ministry site. It is reposted with Dr. Kellemen’s permission. You can read the original post at Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways: But Can It Change?