In the Soviet Union, psychiatrists were used by the state to “put away” anyone who did not have their minds right, according to the dictates of the party. We are approaching the same mile marker in the west, where pseudoscientific and fraudulent psychology/psychiatry are destroying economies while also destroying the futures of children and the ability of complex societies to work in harmony.
Pseudoscience in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: a Skeptical Field Guide is a new book with multiple authors, edited by Stephen Hupp. They point out that “It is difficult to prove that something works, especially in the field of psychotherapy, and particularly in attempting to help children”. There is little research on children, and research in adults may not apply to children. This very useful book addresses this neglected field. It does a wonderful job of separating psychotherapeutic treatments that have been scientifically proven to work and therapies that are based on pseudoscience.
19 chapters by skeptical experts address everything from tics to toileting, from depression to anxiety, from sleep to substance abuse. The first chapter is an introduction to critical thinking about psychotherapy, covering pseudoscience and skepticism, plausibility, and good science. Each chapter covers myths, questionable ideas, treatments that are implausible, ineffective, or harmful. Then it explains which therapies are supported by good scientific research, followed by a succinct “Conclusion”. As a bonus, each chapter features a sidebar by a prominent interdisciplinary science communicator on peripheral subjects like dolphin-assisted therapy, gay conversion therapy, fear of GMOS, alien abduction, and breatharians.Pseudosceince in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
During the Bill Clinton presidency, the psychological panic was all about child abuse and demonic worship that was supposedly occurring inside North American day care facilities. Now the psychological profession has moved on to the “epidemic crisis” of gender dysphoria and and the “need” for transgender affirmative care. For these cutting edge psychologists, psychiatrists, educational counselors, and pediatric surgeons, this “crisis” is a fast road to wealth and fame. But for the children, it is a ruinous injustice by the establishment, which will one day call for a very harsh reckoning on the part of these trendy “professionals.”
Psychology has a particular problem with the reproducibility of study data and results. A 2018 meta-analysis study of 200 papers concluded that psychological research, on average, is littered with examples of low statistical robustness. Social psychology has been particularly implicated, but the fields of educational research, clinical psychology, and developmental psychology all have problems with reproducibility.
A study published in Nature Human Behavior failed to replicate 13 out of 21 behavioral and social science papers published in Science and Nature, two leading journals. In another study, 186 researchers from 60 laboratories failed to replicate 14 out of 28 findings despite large sample sizes. One explanation is the prevalence of questionable research practices in the field of psychology, including selective reporting, partial publication of data, post-hoc storytelling, and optional stopping.psychology’s replication crisis
The mental health profession attracts persons with predatory instincts, including convicted criminals.
The mental health monopoly has practically zero accountability and zero liability for its failures. This has allowed psychiatrists and psychologists to commit far more than just financial fraud. The roster of crimes committed by these “professionals” ranges from fraud, drug offenses, rape and sexual abuse to child molestation, assault, manslaughter and murder.
The primary purpose of mental health treatment must be the therapeutic care and treatment of individuals who are suffering emotional disturbance. It must never be the financial or personal gain of the practitioner. Those suffering are inevitably vulnerable and impressionable. Proper treatment therefore demands the highest level of trustworthiness and integrity in the practitioner.
As experience has shown that there are many criminal mental health practitioners, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights has developed a database at www.psychcrime.org that lists many of the people in the mental health industry who have been convicted and jailed.The Criminals Who Prey on the Helpless in the Name of Psychology
The public is told to “trust the experts,” meaning the psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, counselors, and others trained in the mental health professions. And the public is trusting this industry with their lives, their children, their financial well-being, and the very future of their societies. But why trust them at all, with anything?
An example of human resilience: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
In The End of Trauma, renown trauma researcher George Bonanno answers these questions and more. For starters, PTSD is not nearly as prevalent as most people assume. In fact, most people are overwhelmingly resilient to adversity.
What we often interpret as PTSD symptoms are for most people actually signs of a natural process of learning how to deal with a specific situation. We can cope far more effectively if we understand how this process works. Drawing on three decades of research and compelling stories of real-life trauma, Professor Bonanno explains what makes us resilient, why we sometimes aren’t, and how we can better handle traumatic stress.
Hopeful and humane, The End of Trauma overturns everything we thought we knew about how people respond to hardship.The End of Trauma
Using PTSD as an example, if we followed the clinical guidelines provided to mental health professionals, we would expect everyone to be disabled by PTSD symptoms either part of the time or all of the time. The list of “tell-tale symptoms” for those who are supposed to be experiencing symptoms of PTSD is almost endless — just as the list of tell-tale symptoms for those who experienced childhood sexual abuse was also endless, and the list of physical and emotional symptoms for those suffering from gender dysphoria is endless.
In fact, “if you suffer . . . ” almost anything — fill in the gap — you can be convinced by a clever scam artist plus peer pressure that you are actually suffering from any disease of the day.
Or, looking at it from the dark side, if a person exhibits signs of dissent from any politically charged orthodoxy, that person is considered guilty of dangerous dissent which could lead to widespread insurrection if not immediately and forcefully nipped in the bud.
We are living in an age of imaginary and fantastical epidemics which are used by the powerful to control behavior, to rig elections, to destroy industries and economies, to shape the educations of future generations, and to lead the unwary by the nose into a very questionable future.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .
Controversial question: Many types of meditation and similar mental practice have been found to be helpful in adjusting to stressful and transitional periods of life. Is it possible that some kind of chemical might temporarily speed up a healthy transition to get beyond difficult life traumas and challenges?
The drug Ecstasy (MDMA) is known to boost brain levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine. All of those neurotransmitters are thought to boost mood in persons who are depressed, and in fact the most popular families of anti-depressants are supposedly designed to bolster brain levels of one or more of those particular neurotransmitters.
Ecstasy (MDMA) is too intense for use as a long term therapy, and even in medium-term therapy there is a possibility of some neurological harm. Also, persons who experiment with ultra-high dosage levels of MDMA — even over a very short term — are putting their nervous systems at risk of harm.
But there is no reason why the pharmacological industry should leave this kind of drug development to the designer drug street chemists. It might require decades of experimentation to find the right drug design that will be safe and effective for a wide range of persons over at least a medium-term period of time. Certainly the financial reward at the end of a successful drug development would be beyond anything most drug companies have ever seen.
Personally, I believe that multiple forms of meditation, neurofeedback, and experiential therapies including laugh therapy, cry therapy, musical therapies, creativity therapies, activity therapies including thrill sports, and many other unconventional approaches to taking the person beyond their normal selves, are far preferable to a dependency on pharmaceuticals to achieve peace of mind.
But in some cases, a perfect drug might get the ball to mental health rolling. I say that as a person who does not drink alcohol, does not use psychoactive drugs, does not smoke, and who limits himself to one cup of coffee in the morning.