Jeffrey Lacasse, Ph.D. in psychiatry, assistant professor at Arizona State University, discusses the brain chemistry imbalance theory. States that even the National Institute of Mental Health admits that the chemical imbalance theory is no longer viable and that neuroscientists have falsified it.
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Jeffrey Schwartz, MD. Talks about how we make choices to self-direct our own neuroplasticity.
…we have to talk about how these diseases get into the DSM in the first place and they’re voted on by the American Psychiatric Association. It’s very interesting to note that we don’t vote on diabetes or heart disease because there’s markers that indicate that we have a disease. But with diseases such as ADHD or depression or anxiety, they’re voted into the DSM, and interestingly enough homosexuality was a verifiable disease until 1978 in the DSM, and then they voted it out. So these types of diseases you can vote in and out and the other thing that we did that made this disease so prevalent in the United States of America is we put it under the American with Disabilities Act, so that schools could receive monies for each child diagnosed. Parents could receive monies. And so that was when we saw the skyrocketing of ADHD in this country.
Jeanne Stolzer Ph.D. Professor of Child and Adolescent Development
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And in my 10 yrs of working with people and especially with the very severely distressed with all of those nasty labels, psychotic or bipolar or chronic anxiety and depression, I found that recovery is absolutely possible, …recovery is not only possible but going beyond recovery to being better than you ever thought possible and being able to live without medication and eventually with out professional support is absolutely possible.
Alexander Bingham – MD.
…what I have to say to doctors is exactly what I would have to say to anybody about psychiatric drugs, psychotropic or psychoactive whatever we want to call them is very, very complex substances with unpredictable effects, varying over time in different people and within the same person. Very little information available on how they effect us as bio-psycho-social beings, how they help us or harm us from making decisions, from being in touch with ourselves, from feeling better, from feeling worse. We don’t know the first things about most drugs on the market. How they just effect our emotions we have no idea, the anti depressants which are used by one in six women over the age of twelve as of about 2008. We have no idea how they really effect people. We don’t have studies like that, all we have is 100’s, 1000’s of studies that tell us they really reduce these depressive symptoms on this scale by that percent. Then the FDA says “Oh they’re effective” and then they are on the market. But what they actually do to people, we don’t have a clue.
David Cohen, Ph.D.