Friday, 27 January 2012

Paula Kaplan on the Broken Brain Myth

Powerful Psychiatrists 

"A strange feature of many media that are generally considered to be liberal is their ardent promotion, as though it were a liberal attitude, of this outmoded, chemical imbalance or even "broken brain" theory of emotional suffering. They seem to think that it is a liberal view, because everyone has the "right" to take psychiatric drugs to "fix" their chemistry, but they are alarmingly irresponsible journalists to promote that view in the absence of revealing the whole truth about (1) the often damaging effects of those drugs, (2) the absence of proof from well-done research about the alleged cause-effect relationship between the chemicals and the troubling feelings, and (3) the known benefits of approaches that are lower-risk and proven to be helpful for many such kinds of suffering."

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