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Is This Still How Psychiatrists See Us? by aegiandyad Is This Still How Psychiatrists See Us? by aegiandyad
Another school 'A' Level Art show piece consisting of a brain with labels padlocked onto it about Schizophrenia, Depression, Agoraphobia, etc. I believe this is still how trhe average psychiatrist treats the majority (if not all) of his patients, as a brain to which some clinical label has been attatched. This piece, as I see it, celebrates the recent publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth version, of the American Psychiatric Association; a major diagnostic handbook throughout the Western World which we are now told contains yet more labels medicalising the way human beings feel when they experience various forms of distress. There has been some skepticism about the validity of some of these labels as 'psychological disorders' come and go. Homosexuality goes out, gender or body dysmorphia comes in and so on.
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psychotic-creature Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, sometimes you will put somehow in a category. It happens really often, that you will be classified to a majority with hardly similar symptoms, and there are trends. I know what I'm talking about, I have agoraphobia and a generalized anxiety disorder. I have luck with my therapist, she is not fixed or so obsessed by labels like others, but I know many people who had or have this problem and I don't think that it will be better in a few years. Sorry that I write half a novel, but I totally agree with that what you wrote :)
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
It is already getting worse. There are signs that, for largely financial and 'human rights' related legal reasons, any medicalisation of the potential patient's condition that would involve prolonged in patient care is to be avoided whenever possible. You can be as neurotic as you like and if you are suffering and compliant they'll treat you, but start becoming psychotic and they will argue that they have no power to detain you for treatment unless you are a manifest and immediate danger to yourself or others. In it's current state the law would prefer a potential patient to become an offender in some way before they take action; i.e. acknowledge the reality of the situation only when it is far too late. As for Psychiatrists, you are lucky if you see one for any length of time, if at all.

Comments are always welcome, especially from those with any relevant experience.
psychotic-creature Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, there is certainly some truth in it. Although I must say that I am really lucky with my therapist. She knows about the fact that many patients are lumped together, but that it is not the right approach. she does not play down the complaints. I think most people, however, have the problem that they will only help them when it's already too late. I deal a lot with the issue privately, especially in connection with serial killers. One can very well see on that topic that most people will be helped much too late, and their problems are played down. This is damn bitter. Many tragedies could be prevented if patients would get more help. :/
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
In the last few years I remember news about one series of prostitute killings. I remember seeing the murder site map, five locations, all in an arc on the western side of town. I posted a 'profile' on GUT, as it was then [now Notthetalk]. The usual five minute thumbnail sketch, young to early middle age white male, may have had one or more humiliating experiences with prostitutes, lives locally. The police had figured all that out too. A local resident who probably lived on the other side of town, somewhere near the centre that 'victim arc' was pointing to, someone like Sutcliffe nursing a lot of rage against working girls for whatever reason, was arrested fairly quickly.
psychotic-creature Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, I think It's always the same. It is like it is more comfortable for the people to put those men into a predefined scheme, instead to seeing them as individuals with their own psychological backgrounds. I don't know if I get your point, it was a little bit difficult to translate it into my own language and I'm not sure if I understand it right.
I guess you mean that it is easy to fix a special type of person, without taking a closer look on it,
because one can predict or rather assume, that there are general points,
which covering all those persons to be a (serial) killer. But I'm not sure...that would be at least my view. Phew! I sat for ages on that short text...but nice to talk about that topic :) Surely the topic is not nice, but I think it is important to form an own opinion about it and question things that others simply accept.
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
My concern is that the brain stopped evolving around 40,000 years ago and 'human society' has evolved faster and faster since then. We are now mentally unprepared for the nature of present day realityin most civilised countries. Some things are obvious. After the notorious 'Yorkshire Ripper' case interest in this kind of thing has never ceased. 'Geographical Profiling' and 'victimology' [where were the crimes committed and against what kind of target?] are fairly basic and I applied their rules in my own amateur way.

I read a lot of Science Fiction, thriller and some horror fiction. Authors, from Edgar Allen Poe to Thomas Harris, don't make up absolutely everything
psychotic-creature Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, you mean that it is very hard to balance the changes between the brain, as it is, and the human society with all its modern developments and circumstances. I hope I got it now o   I've read about that case of Sutcliffe, but I don't know anything about the background. I was too lazy to search for information in english, there are less german sites about that case. It is easier to find information about Robert Maudsley, another interesting case, in my opinion. But I think I could never apply any rules to deduce what kind of type an offender is - apart from the obvious, if its really catches the eye, based on obvious evidence.  I read a lot, too. I really like Edgar Allan Poe and also Thomas Harris. I really like A.C. Doyle and Stephen King. I read also specialist literature about Psychology, Criminology, Biology...I'm lucky that I'm mentally ill, but am very interested in the subject of psychology, so that I can look at myself as a case study. You've got a different look on life, if you have a mental illness and it is easier to empathize with other people who have other mental illnesses. Because I can totally imagine how they feel and I know the fact that it is a fight that you are constantly fighting. You have to help yourself ultimately. Psychologists only see but do not know what is really going on with a person. They only speculate and have theories. Well anyway I hope I don't bother you with my weird stuff :P
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
"Causal thinking rarely yields anything of value in the treatment of these cases, which is in any case entirely symptomatic; a technical term used in the medical profession meaning there is none." [Wm. Burroughs]

Interesting reading on the possible origins of 'nervous disorder' might include:

 'Science And Sanity' by Alfred… , a densely and interminably reasoned tome on linguistic philosophy. It's main contention is that all consciousness can only be consciousness of abstraction and that those brought up to speak an Indo-European language [that's nearly all of us] are beguiled by the structure of that language into believing that their linguistic definitions of the world adequately model the real thing. Reduced to a sentence it reads: "The word is not the thing."

Future Shock by Alvin Toffler… . A book about the stress caused to modern man by constantly having to engage the 'orientation response' in real life.

Shockwave Rider by John Brunner…, a science fiction novel of the near future based on the above.

...and on the mind-body problem or 'hard problem of consciousness', The Self And Its Brain by Professor Karl Popper and Dr John Eccles, MacMillan Press 1975 [… an article in which Dr Eccles' views on 'interactionism' are briefly explained and contrasted with other theories. ]
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