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4 responses to “Royal College of Psychiatrists: Abolish use of formal psychiatric diagnostic systems like ICD & DSM”

  1. tasha gordon

    Our minds are precious as our inner worlds,scars are manifestations that are be they born of negative or trial.experience is as it is as choice is recognision of who and what we are.I am neigther filled by a dampining of a pill or empty by my own experiences.all parts have an equal right in me therefore I have no desire to eradicate the voices I have come to understand in myself or other’s I have worked with.

  2. R Kabbani

    There is no scientific evidence to back up these very interesting theories that ‘psychiatric symptoms’ are caused by inherent chemical imbalances in the brain – they are just theories. If one presents with symptoms of diabetes, one would not just be stuck on insulin – they would have a number of tests first to establish the cause; if one presents with symptoms of a broken leg, they would not just be put in plaster and sent away with painkillers – they would (hopefully) have an x-ray first. Yet when someone presents with psychiatric symptoms, they are usually just stuck on tablets which can cause the very symptoms they’re supposed to treat in addition to other psychiatric symptoms and go on to acquire more and more psychiatric labels. The criteria listed in both DSM and ICD could be pretty much applied to any normal human behaviour. There is no skill or science to merit the labels which have been voted into existence for profit since psychiatry has sold out to the influential drug companies. Any ‘normal’ or ‘reasonable’ person will be able to see through these derogatory labels. Can you?

  3. Sonya Wachowski

    It is sooo affirming to read this well put together paper. The movement to re-evaluate the system of care for ‘mental illness’ and to cast aside the fiction that has been put forth by the pharmaceutical industry, along with the DSM and ICD is loooong overdue!

    We need to ask what has happened in a person’s life,not what is wrong with them, to address the trauma that is so often the root of ‘mental illness’ and empower people to make meaning of their suffering, to use it to enrich their lives.

    I will be following up on the excellent list of references included.
    Thank you!

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