Medicalizing the Soul

THE ARTFUL DILETTANTE

Medicalizing mental health was a tragic error.

It falsely taught people that emotions are solely the result of physical factors — i.e., brain chemistry.

With regard to your psyche, your character and your soul, the psychiatric industry turns you into a ward of the pharmaceutical industry — or a ward of the State. In the post-COVID world, most of us can now see that’s pretty much the same thing.

In reality, emotions are the result of a long accumulation of choices, ideas, assumptions, hidden premises, values and so many other things.

Yes, we are brain chemistry. But we are so much more. And to date, science has refused to investigate how our choices and ideas determine our brain chemistry. Instead, “science” assumes that brain chemistry determines all thoughts, choices and behavior. This premise is never questioned, never explored, never investigated. In psychiatry, “follow the science” means “follow the drug companies.”…

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