Psychiatric treatment type or treatment length is irrelevant

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Psychiatry is Junk science
No scientific data that Psychiatry works!

"If these shocking presumptions were not an actual description of the current state of the Psychology industry, they might be laughable. But regrettably, these simplistic theories are widely applied and widely accepted in a society that naively trusts psychologists to be scientific and objective, optimistic and positive, and caring and other-oriented." (Manufacturing Victims, Dr. Tana Dineen, 2001, p 266)

How patients are treated doesn't make any difference.

Most improvement is within the first 10 sessions.

Long term treatment ineffective:

  1. However, Orlinsky and Howard concluded that there is no consistent evidence that any specific form of therapy produces better results than any other, whether it be individual or group therapy or family counseling, or short- compared to long-term treatment. Similarly, studies have shown that the length or intensity of treatment has no appreciable effect on the improvement of clients and that, despite loud arguments for long-term therapy, most change occurs in the first ten sessions. (Manufacturing Victims, Dr. Tana Dineen, 2001, p 118)
  2. "Surveys show that of patients who spend upwards of 350 hours on the psychoanalyst's couch to get better-two out of three show some improvement over a period of years. The fly in that particular ointment, however, is that the same percentage get better without analysis or under the care of a regular physician. As a matter of fact, that same ratio-two out of three people-got better in mental hospitals a hundred years ago. . . . Patients get better regardless of what is done to them. Unfortunately the analyst often interprets improvement as a result of his treatment. It does not bother him that other people use other methods with equal effect-hypnosis, electric shock, cold baths, the laying on of hands, the pulling out of teeth to remove foci of infection, suggestion, dummy pills, confession, prayer." (Dr. H. J. Eysenck, 1n Time Magazine, February 14, 1964, p. 43.)



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