Monday, August 18, 2008

Nice reasoning powers, man…

Somebody posted this about how evil psychiatrists and psych meds are.

And okay, apparently the field sometimes attracts people who really ought to be on the other side of the counter.
And brain chemistry can be famously complicated, individual, and difficult to regulate, even with the best meds.

But of course, what’s left out is:

a) you can take *any* profession make a list of nutjobs who did horrifying things while practicing that career;

b) WRT to people who did things while under psychiatric care, or while taking meds: well, DUH. They’re crazy people – that’s why they were on meds and under care.
Ted Bundy sometimes wore a cast on his arm or leg as part of his MO to attract the young women he killed; clearly casts make people crazy.
Similarly, most ppl on whom CPR is performed die. Why? Because the only people we do CPR on is *dead* people. CPR does not cause dead people. Psych meds *can* make people crazy, but not as often as they make crazy people able to function. Association is not causation.

You’re welcome.

Oh, and PS. A final thought from The Tick:*
And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit.

*thx to Cal

Since this post has generated such a firestorm of comment, let me add this (thanks to Izabella):

* Some of the cases listed were situations where people had gone *off* their meds before killing people, or hadn't been taking them long enough to build up to effective levels in a person's system.
* Marilyn Monroe's mother was institutionalized for much of her life; Marilyn had mood disorders in her family, and took recreational drugs. Some ppl are going to do what they're going to do no matter how much time they spend with their therapist.
* sociopaths can be close to impossible to diagnose and "treat"; it’s a little weak to hold psychiatrists accountable for what these people do.


At Fri Aug 22, 11:19:00 AM PDT, Blogger anya said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post, it being on one of my favorite subjects. It's not really cocktail conversation to admit mental illness is one of your favorite subjects, but I find it fascinating to read and talk about.
Nothing much to add except duh you're right...I think crosswalks must be really dangerous, because so many pedestrians get hit in them. That article was one of the dumbest things I've read in awhile.

On sociopaths: exchange between Hannibal Lecter and Jodi Foster, whatever her name was in Silence of the Lambs --- "Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling," he tells her when she challenges him to understand himself. "I happened. You can't reduce me to a set of influences. . . . Typhoid and swans -- it all comes from the same place."


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