so glad I was able to dig up this incredible post. Read for yourself, even if you do have that tragic, short-attention “spectrum.” Think “misdiagnosis” and “labelling.”
“An irrefutable hypothesis is a
sure-fire sign of a pseudoscience.”
—Terence Hines 
According to Ron Leifer, there have been four parallel critiques of psychiatry: Thomas Szasz’s conceptual and logical critique of the mental illness idea; Leifer’s own parallel critique of social control through psychiatry, Peter Breggin’s medical evaluation of the assaults on the brain with drugs, electroshock and lobotomy, and the cry of those who have been harmed by it.
Another way to question the validity of psychiatry is to examine the scientific basis of biological psychiatry. This fifth parallel critique, which I would call the evaluation of the scientific status of psychiatry, takes psychiatry to task on its own theoretical base. Exponents of this late strategy have focused on the various bio-reductionist claims and logical fallacies in psychiatry; on the dubious science behind psychopharmacology, and on statistical analyses that show that poor countries with…
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