The more research I do my new book on mental illness and depression the more shocked I am that many psychiatrists are allowed to see patients.
One of the problems with modern psychiatric diagnosis is the certainty with which these diagnoses are made and explained. The fact is that brain research is a field that has only recently come into existence. One of my physician friends told me that “the neuropsychology class I attended was the only class where I walked out knowing less than when I walked in.”
Psychiatrists often prescribe drugs known as SSRIs – Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor.. These are a class of compounds often used as antidepressants in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorders.
Many physicians are not even aware that little is known on how these medications even work.
Sadly the mental health care delivery system is built on the idea that mental health professionals know exactly what they are talking about. That they understand how certain skills sets are organized; how are they relate to each other, and where specific skills are located in the brain, etc? That even understand how does having strong communication skills relate to anger management?
Science has not given us any of those answers as of yet and yet the assumption that this is known is how people are either granted or denied services.
In order to grasp the complexity of the mind and brain in these areas one would most likely need to do advanced studies in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on cognitive science and neural computing etc. Few mental health professionals are even aware of this and if they were it is unlikely that they would have the time or motivation to engage that level of exploration.
Sadly many people, no matter how intellectually sophisticated they may be are so convinced that their hypothesis are the absolute truth even though the evidence is meager at best. There are many individuals who suffer from brain damage who have been unable to find a neurologist that can define or explain what’s wrong with them.
The best mental health care professional is the one who realizes how little he or she knows. One of my mentors always says to me “the most important thing to remember is not all the specifics on human behavior, but a way of thinking about human behavior. There is much here that has to do with the interaction between several factors rather than isolating one cause of any mental or emotional challenge. Einstein taught us about relativity. This way of thinking needs to take place in mental health research. We need a more relativistic way of thinking about behavior.”
Any problem solver whether it is an auto mechanic or a brain surgeon has to determine the cause of a problem that needs to be solved. In order to do this effectively one must work with uncertainty and incomplete information. This is the only way to make a diagnosis about any physical system when we only have information from the functional level.
The mental health delivery system has a history of pseudoscientific ideas. What the mental health community may need to do is merge quantum and holistic thinking with the models used in Information Technology and Engineering, something it has never really considered nor is it likely to. The fact is that there is a balancing act in addressing severe behavioral issues on a subjective level which is what the social sciences are often about and through biological sciences (or the natural sciences for that matter) which are strongly rooted in mathematics.
Math is pure. Interpreting feelings and ideas amongst uncountable variables is far from pure. It is nothing but arrogance and a financial system that supports that arrogance that keeps more serious breakthroughs in mental health from taking place.
Learn more about healing depression in my book “Healing Depression Naturally”