Illness is just like any other disease!
"once objective biological
signs are found, disorders stop being mental illnesses
and become medical illnesses. Epilepsy, general paresis, and various
medically caused cognitive disorders stand out as examples of the conversion of
mental into physical illness. Reflecting the essentialist viewpoint, some have
argued that the term mental illness should be eliminated because so-called
mental illnesses are all brain disorders." (Guy A. Boysen, Ph. D.
Psychologist, An Evaluation of the DSM Concept of Mental Disorder)
is no difference between physical and mental illnesses…
and other Psychiatric Unicorns!
- The reason the chemical psychiatry industry believes mental
illness are all biological in nature is the result of their
atheistic/evolutionary ideology, not scientific evidence.
- Given that psychiatrists reject the existence of the
Spirit of God, they obviously view the idea that man has a spirit made in
the image of God, distinct from the physical body as a myth. This should
trouble Christians and clue them in on the battle that psychiatry has been
raging against Christianity for over 100 years.
- The idea that there is no difference between physical and
mental illnesses has a long history in medicine. It dates back to the time
of Hippocrates and Galen:
"People abhor being baffled by the dangers that face them, which is
why they prefer false explanations to none and why we may fairly assert
that people have always "known" what causes diseases: demons,
witches, the breaking of taboo, the evil eye, wells poisoned by Jews, and,
most enduringly, humoral imbalances, as taught by Hippocrates and Galen.
Bizarre, unpredictable behaviors also baffle people and make them feel
endangered. Attributing such conduct to mental illnesses comforts them. It
is for this reason that people now "know" what causes mental
diseases-bad brains, bad genes, bad chemicals, bad societies, bad parents.
The idea that there are no mental diseases discomforts people and is
therefore rejected." (Psychiatry:
The Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 38)
- Sigmund Freud was powerful advocate that all mental
illnesses had a biological cause:
"In short, Charcot was not an innocent victim of scheming hysterics;
he was a knowing conspirator in one of the greatest medical hoaxes of the
modern age. ... Unquestionably, Charcot was one of the giants of late
nineteenth century French medicine and neurology. This status may be why
psychiatrists and psychiatric historians have failed to see that he was
also a quack, albeit a new kind of quack. The old quacks-such as Franz
Mesmer and Mary Baker Eddy-duped people into believing that fake cures
were real cures. The new quacks-such as Charcot and Freud-duped people into believing that fake diseases
were real diseases." (Psychiatry:
The Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 42)
A. The myth that mental illness is a "just like any other disease":
"The radiologist does not need to gain the confidence of the
patient to diagnose a skull fracture, and the pathologist does not need to gain
the confidence of the corpse to make a postmortem diagnosis of death owing to
drowning. In contrast, the psychoanalyst needs to gain the confidence of the
patient to learn what ails him." (Psychiatry: The
Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 64)
- "In the history of medicine certain kinds of illness ...
have been peculiarly baffling. I mean the sort of symptoms which are often
popularly spoken of as "hysterical" or "neurotic" or
"mental." When there is something organically wrong with the
body, when it has been injured or infected, medicine is at home. But in
this other kind of illness, the doctor cannot find anything physical to
account for the disturbance. In modern medicine the term psychogenic is
used to cover this whole class of abnormalities whose origin appears to be
mental, as contrasted with the more familiar organic illnesses in which
the cause is physical." (Karin Stephen, 1889-1953, The Wish to Fall
Ill: A Study of Psychoanalysis and Medicine, p 1)
- "Psychiatry-a term I use here to include
psychoanalysis, psychology, and all the so-called mental health
professions- is one the most important institutions of modern societies.
The institution rests squarely on the postulate proposition that "mental illness is an illness like any other
illness." That proposition is a lie. This lie is what makes malingering-the
faking of disease-the great secret of psychiatry: a popular understanding
that faking illness is a form of deception (and often self-deception)
would destroy psychiatry. In this book I try to advance such
understanding, and the constructive destruction it entails, by expanding
on my thesis, first propounded more than a half century ago: the idea of
mental illness and the apparatus of modern psychiatry as a medical
specialty rest on the successful medicalization of malingering-that is, on
the popular perception of behaviors called "mental illnesses" as
bona fide medical diseases." (Psychiatry:
The Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p x)
- "Counterfeit art is forgery. Counterfeit testimony is
perjury. But counterfeit illness is illness, "mental illness,"
an illness officially decreed "an illness
like any other." The consequences of this policy-economic,
legal, medical, moral, philosophical, political, and social-are momentous:
counterfeit disability, counterfeit disease, counterfeit doctoring, and
the bureaucracies and industries administering, adjudicating, and
providing for them make up a substantial part of the national economies of
modern Western societies." (Psychiatry:
The Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 2)
"The core concept of psychiatry, mental illness qua medical
disease, and the profession of psychiatry as a medical specialty based on it,
rest on the medicalization of malingering. (Thomas Szasz, "Malingering:
'Diagnosis' or Social Condemnation?")"
I have tried to show that professionals in the mental health field are, impostors, pretending to have expertise they cannot possess. Being an
expert about mental illnesses is like being an expert about ghosts or unicorns.
Not surprisingly, some or many mental health experts come to feel like
impostors, like frauds." (Psychiatry: The
Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 109)
"All mental illness diagnosis' cannot be within the realm of
science because they are based 100 % on mere talk and external observation of
behavior. Without blood tests, actual DNA tests, or any physical evidence of
brain abnormalities, how could psychiatry be anything other than pure quackery!
"I have long maintained that the phenomena conventionally called
"mental illnesses" are counterfeit illnesses authenticated as genuine
diseases by psychiatrists. The phenomenon, as we have seen, is not unique to
mental illness. ... Let us now reconsider the most instructive model of mental
illness as validated counterfeit illness-the identification-validation of a
forged masterpiece as an original masterpiece by art experts. A forged
masterpiece, authenticated as an original, is valuable. Exposed as a forgery,
it becomes a worthless fake." (Psychiatry: The
Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 84)
"once objective biological signs are found, disorders stop being
mental illnesses and become medical illnesses. Epilepsy, general paresis, and
various medically caused cognitive disorders stand out as examples of the
conversion of mental into physical illness. Reflecting the essentialist
viewpoint, some have argued that the term mental illness should be eliminated
because so-called mental illnesses are all brain disorders." (Guy A.
Boysen, Ph. D. Psychologist, An Evaluation of the DSM Concept of Mental Disorder)
B. The media, politicians and the general public perpetrate the
"Psychiatrists never miss an
opportunity to proclaim that "mental illness is like any other
illness." This claim is supported by the medical profession, the political
class, and the media. Not surprisingly, people regard psychiatrists as the
foremost experts on mental illnesses. Psychologists, regularly confused with psychiatrists,
often share that dubious distinction." (Psychiatry: The
Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 97)
- Myth repeated by politicians:
"Research in the last decade proves that mental illnesses are
diagnosable disorders of the brain." (White House Fact Sheet on Myths
and Facts about Mental Illness, 1999)
- Myth repeated by politicians:
"Mental illness can be accurately diagnosed, successfully treated,
just as physical illness." President William Jefferson Clinton, 1999)
- Myth repeated by politicians:
"One of the most widely believed and most damaging myths is that
mental illness is not a physical disease. Nothing could be further from
the truth." (Tipper Gore, President Clinton's mental health adviser,
- Myth blurred by Surgeon
General: This statement is correct, but the untrained will
confuse it as saying that things go wrong with the brain is mental
illness, when in fact he is referring to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's:
"Just as things go wrong with the heart and kidneys and liver, so
things go wrong with the brain." Surgeon General David Satcher, 1999)
Mental illnesses are very different from any other disease.
If a biological cause of any mental illness has been discovered, it
stops being a "mental illness" and becomes a disease. Once this
happens it enters the realm of standard medical science treated by Doctors of
Mental illnesses, by definition have no biologic cause. But since
chemical psychiatrists reject the spirit of man as a myth, they have no choice
but to assign a biologic cause to mental illness.
They believe that given future advancements in medicine, the biologic
causes all mental illnesses will be discovered.
This echoes the hollow prediction of Darwin who expected "missing
links" between man and ape would be discovered "as science
advances" in the future.
Both Darwin and Freud were wrong.
In the 21st century no biologic cause of any mental illness has been
Biopsychiatry should be extinct by 2050 AD.
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