There is actually no evidence to prove, scientifically, that brain chemistry has anything to do with so-called major mental illnesses and plenty of research to refute would-be genetic links to schizophrenia. Even the nation's most prestigious medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine, shows an alarming amount of bias between its covers, today, as a result of undue corporate influence.
There is plenty of research to support the position that large percentages of studies today are heavily biased from the outset, both, from intentional sabotage and unintended bias, among a number of other possible causes. Thus, much, if not most, of the research being done today could be unreliable.
There is, also, plenty of evidence suggesting that abusive trauma triggers much, if not most, of what we label today as major "mental illness."
The conclusions we should be drawing from very reliable research out there indicates that no chemical imbalance theory can be substantiated, a verifiable fact, in itself, that turns the entire field of psychiatry and its witting accomplice, the pharmaceutical industry, on their heads.
Furthermore, there is, also, plenty of research to support the claim that it is irresponsible to even SUGGEST the chemical imbalance theory could be a plausible explanation for "mental disease."
The chemical imbalance theory is refuted and soundly rebuked by some of the research out there, enough of it to establish reasonable doubt as to whether it should even be offered as a suspected cause of mental illness by educated people--educated, but biased, nonetheless. It's an elephant in the room that many financially comfortable practitioners have no incentive to discard, yet.
Both, the highly lucrative mental health industry and the pharmaceutical industry, along with their many offshoots, make up a gigantic house of cards that should have been brought toppling down before it ever got entrenched within our society. With hundreds of billions of dollars on the line every year, the truth is getting squashed, with no cure for a single disorder in sight...
The history behind the field of psychiatry shows a past group of disgruntled practitioners who felt they weren't getting the acclaim they deserved for the wholesale butchery they were carrying out at the time which, to a somewhat lesser extent, is still going on today as we often read about horrifying abuses in the news.
The butchers back then were so eager to be recognized as legitimate doctors, practicing in an established field of medicine, on equal footing with family practitioners, surgeons, specialists, and the like, they prematurely latched on to the chemical imbalance theory as a "scientific explanation" for "mental diseases." This monument to mass cultural ignorance is still in fashion today with no end to the madness in sight.
With rare exceptions, such as narcolepsy, which can be diagnosed by testing cerebrospinal fluid, there are no objective biological measures for mental illness. The DSM-V, with over three hundred listed "disorders," is basically a fantasy land of fairy tales about disorders that were dreamt up by someone with an overactive imagination for the purposes of mass marketing.
In fact, there's lots of knowledge readily available about the development of the first DSM, from one of its first versions with only 22 "disorders," into the massive text with over 300 "disorders" we see today. The internet is laden with qualified sources attesting to the fact that the diagnostic and statistical manual is largely a hoax, a tool used to market many so-called disorders that have no biological basis for their creation.
It's a fact that around one out of every six dollars in the US is spent on marketing or public relations. If you don't have a disorder, they'll eventually drum one up for you...
In the meantime, both these industries are scamming the general public, bilking the system for hundreds of billions of dollars every year, most of which is footed by unsuspecting American taxpayers. Something is terribly wrong when, as a nation, we constitute less than 5% of the world's population but, somehow, make up no less than 60% of the world's psychotropic drug users.
Moreover, reliable research from numerous underdeveloped nations and U.S. records from decades past indicate that seldom do the four major "mental disorders" turn out to become chronic or persistent "illnesses" over the course of a lifetime as is widely believed to be the case among practitioners in the United States today. At least, not in the absence of pharmacotherapy they don't.
Research dating back to before the advent of psychotropic drugs in the U.S. indicates the major "illnesses" were seldom chronic. If my memory is correct, two-thirds of those diagnosed with schizophrenia had made a full recovery in less than one year after treatment began without the administration of drugs, and an even greater percentage had recovered in less than five years after their initial admission into a hospital or other treatment facility.
Overwhelmingly, evidence indicated the key factor involved in the creation of a lifetime of servitude and dependence seen in most mental health consumers today has been the introduction of powerful drugs which tend to show very positive results at the start of treatment but often prove to be harmful and counterproductive after the success of the initial treatment wears off.
In underdeveloped nations, many of those afflicted with emotional distress don't have access to expensive prescription drugs widely available in the Western world today, and a lifetime of disability occurs with LESS frequency in those countries than in the U.S. by several orders of magnitude. This difference is due to a focus on alternative treatments other than debilitating prescription drugs.
"Patients" are expected to get better in a relatively short timeframe in these countries without relapsing and, by and large, that's what happens. Most go on to live healthier lives.
There is more to be said about the highly lucrative mental health industry which works in collusion with Big Pharma. I can tell you that, not only are many prescription drugs no more effective than placebo with long-term use, but they are the cause of much dependency which leads us to a very crucial point to be made: one of our main approaches to the treatment of "mental illness" is wrong.
As already stated, there are no tests which can be administered proving empirically that any psychiatric disorder has biological roots which is not the case in real medicine, making psychiatry a pseudoscience that has very little to do with medicine, at all. It's primarily a hodgepodge of loose guesswork and other quackery carefully disguised to look like a legitimate scientific genre. It's not.
Most importantly, much good research indicates that some form of major trauma often triggers symptoms considered to be signs of a mental disorder and, in many cases, these traumatic events have origins stemming from some kind of physical or psychological abuse that often, but not always, goes back to trauma endured by the consumer as a child.
Thus, the most basic question we ask distressed people, “What's wrong?"when they present themselves to clinicians for initial treatment is a good start but, once serious treatment begins, instead of asking every would-be patient "What's wrong?," we should be asking them,"What happened?”
While it is vitally important to do everything possible to alleviate a new client's immediate suffering, the long-term goal of treatment should be aimed at getting to the bottom of what happened and offering the client the best chances possible to work through their difficulties.
We shouldn't be attempting to manage symptoms, primarily, with drugs that, more often than not, turn out to be harmful or no more effective than placebo and wind up becoming the key component in the creation of a lifetime of servitude and dependency for the consumer. These are, at best, misguided attempts to treat those who suffer and, in a worst-case scenario, a lucrative racket for well over 2,000,000 Americans that make their living working in the mental health industry.
Proper diet, exercise, proper use of vitamins and minerals, lots of love, acceptance, a healthy lifestyle, talk therapy, and other approaches should be key components of any treatment plan. The walking wounded should not be dumped in jails or prisons, and early detection is key to a positive outcome. Antipsychotic drugs should rarely, if ever, be an option. First and foremost, we should be going all out in the search for causes and cures, not pursuing decades of chemical maintenance that serves to make shareholders of the major pharmaceuticals happy campers.
This shouldn't be about some mysterious chemical imbalance with no real basis in science but about the identification of an initial traumatic event(s) that brought about the client's emotional distress to begin with and giving the client the best chances for a successful outcome by working their way through it.
In the final analysis, human misery is profitable, and the premise behind the field of psychiatry is entirely wrong, with two behemoths working together, hand in hand, that are pulling off one of the worst cases, if not the worst case, of mass iatrogenesis ever witnessed in human history.
(Dark Side of Medical Research: Widespread Bias and Omissions by Jeremy Sue | LiveScience.com)
(Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science by David H. Freedman | The Atlantic)
(Why Most Research Will Tend To Be Wrong by Christopher Blattman | The Atlantic)
(Ex-editor of NEJM Tells How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Academic Institutions by Susan Perry | MinnPost)
(The New England Journal of Medicine Sinks A Bit Lower by Kimball Atwood)
(The Hidden Enemy Inside Psychiatry's Covert Agenda)
(The Marketing of Madness: The Truth About Psychotropic Drugs)