Clinical psychologist and vocal critic of psychiatry Richard Bentall reveals why social inequality, racism and the built environment have a far more significant role to play in mental illness than the biomedical establishment acknowledges.
This basically breaks down the epigenetic link–that being that while genetics may have some bearing on what gets labeled mental illness, ultimately the heritability quotient has little to do with whether such distress develops because the environment is so critical.
Richard Bentall: Why Society Drives You Mad
So, other than romanticizing the rest of western medicine which I believe one does at their own peril, Richard Bentall’s arguments are generally well-worth considering. I’ve found western medicine in general to be rather risky. You really need to do research for all medical conditions. Most medications for any sort of chronic issue are grossly over-prescribed and can cause iatrogenesis of various kinds.
Below are more posts that feature Richard Bentall’s work.
- Richard Bentall in the Washington Post
- The genes don’t fit: take that biopsychiatry, you just don’t hold up under scrutiny
- A review of two books that critique psychiatry
- Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail
- Here he is: the proverbial doctor who DID take the antipsychotic!!