Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? British-American literary critic and historian Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, including the way politics and profits drive the bible of mental health treatment, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
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Lately Christopher has been shaking the Psychology Today blogging world with pieces that make his colleagues at Psychology Today quake in their boots. I left a comment for this guy supporting Christopher Lane.
Bipolar disorder and its biomythology: An interview with David Healy
Update and note: As Mama Dharma points out I fail to mention that David Healy supports ECT. I’ve known this for a long time and should have mentioned it. I did confront him in the comment section of Christopher Lane’s blog where David himself proudly admits to supporting this barbaric practice. I retort with this:
David, as much as I like what you have to say about the mythology around mental illness and the fallacy of drugs…
I’m sorely disappointed and can’t even begin to fathom how in the heck you can support ECT when there is so much documentation on how brain damaging it is.
It’s severely impaired a number of people I know personally and when I worked as a social worker I was exposed to hundreds of people who took both drugs and used ECT…I see no difference in the degree of inhumanity involved.
it’s all about damaging the brain.
Anyway, us human critters often defy making any sense at all and certainly Healy’s inability to see the inhumanity of ECT is a horrible, horrible, inexusable flaw.