Academic journal article Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Editorial

Academic journal article Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Editorial

Article excerpt

A statistician did 3 hours of computations on a total of 6 blackboards without brooking interruption. At the end of class, with no time left, I told him that his answer was erroneous. During our next class, I showed him a crucial error: at the top of the fi rst blackboard, he had begun with an incorrect premise. Thus, the answer at the bottom of the sixth and last blackboard was wrong, which no amount of rationalization could correct. To his credit, the statistician realized his error and was careful thereafter to check his premises. Correcting the erroneous dominant premise of the past six decades of "biological psychiatry" has been far more diffi cult.

In the lead article in this issue of Ethical Human Psychiatry and Psychology , Niall McLaren documents and illustrates how the dominant premise of psychiatry inexorably results in error, in this case error compounded by never-ending denial. Instead of realizing that the model is wrong, there continues, in the insistent application of the model, ever more error manifest in its harmful results. Thus, the much vaunted "progress in battling mental illness" keeps creating more disability as drug treatments damage brain and bodily systems. McLaren exemplifi es the persistence of this folly in the planning for Diagnostic and Statistical Model-V (DSM-V), a project that, if completed and applied, would bring virtually everyone under the cloud of "mental illness," showering them with diagnoses and drugs.

Successive articles in this issue proceed to help disabuse us of false claims based on an incorrect assumption of a "medical model" that does not really fi t facts. Jay Joseph discusses the persistent claims that genetics wholly determine political attitudes and behavior. …

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