Julian Herskowitz has been a practicing clinical psychologist for over 30 years and has directed the largest and most successful branch of the only national anxiety and phobia treatment center in the country, TERRAP Anxiety and Phobia Care. Herskowitz has treated thousands of patients with complex anxiety and fears as well as other related and unrelated problems.
Psychiatry should be abolished as a medical specialty because medical school education is not needed nor even helpful for doing counselling or so-called psychotherapy, because the perception of mental illness as a biological entity is mistaken, because psychiatry's "treatments" other than counselling or psychotherapy primarily drugs and electroshock hurt rather than help people, because nonpsychiatric physicians are better able than psychiatrists to treat real brain disease, and because nonpsychiatric physicians' acceptance of psychiatry as a medical specialty is a poor reflection on the medical profession as a whole.
Neurotics, indeed, are an undesired complication, an embarrassment as much to therapeutics as to jurisprudence and to military service. But they exist and are a particular concern of medicine. Medical education, however, does nothing, literally nothing, towards their understanding and treatment.
It would be tolerable if medical education merely failed to give doctors any orientation in the field of the neuroses. But it does more: Unless he is well at home in these subjects, an analyst can make nothing of a large amount of his material.
By way of compensation, the great mass of what is taught in medical schools is of no use to him for his purposes. A knowledge of the anatomy of the tarsal bones, of the constitution of the carbohydrates, of the course of the cranial nerves, a grasp of all that medicine has brought to light on bacillary exciting causes of disease and the means of combating them, on serum reactions and on neoplasms - all of this knowledge, which is undoubtedly of the highest value in itself, is nevertheless of no consequence to him; it does Geraldo and his phobia concern him; it neither helps him directly to understand a neurosis and to cure it nor does it contribute to a sharpening of those intellectual capacities on which his occupation makes the greatest demands.
It is unjust and inexpedient to try to compel a person who wants to set someone else free from the torment of a phobia or an obsession to take the roundabout road of the medical curriculum.
Nor will such an endeavor have any success In a postscript to this book Dr. I was in a position to say to him: At what point in our analysis have I had occasion to make use of my medical knowledge? Freud made these remarks about his own method of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, it is hard to see why it would be different for any other type of "psychotherapy" or counselling.
In their book about how to shop for a psychotherapist, Mandy Aftel, M. More recent models diverge from psychoanalysis to a greater or lesser degree, but they all reflect that origin.
If you think the existence of psychiatry as a medical specialty is justified by the existence of biological causes of so-called mental or emotional illness, you've been misled.
So-called mental or emotional "illnesses" are caused by unfortunate life experience - not biology. There is no biological basis for the concept of mental or emotional illness, despite speculative theories you may hear. The brain is an organ of the body, and no doubt it can have a disease, but nothing we think of today as mental illness has been traced to a brain disease.
There is no valid biological test that tests for the presence of any so-called mental illness. What we think of today as mental illness is psychological, not biological. Much of the treatment that goes on in psychiatry today is biological, but other than listening and offering advice, modern day psychiatric treatment is as senseless as trying to solve a computer software problem by working on the hardware.
As psychiatry professor Thomas Szasz, M. Trying to eliminate a so-called mental illness by having a psychiatrist work on your brain is like trying to eliminate cigarette commercials from television by having a TV repairman work on your TV set The Second Sin, Anchor Press,p.
Since lack of health is not the cause of the problem, health care is not a solution. There has been increasing recognition of the uselessness of psychiatric "therapy" by physicians outside psychiatry, by young physicians graduating from medical school, by informed lay people, and by psychiatrists themselves.
This increasing recognition is described by a psychiatrist, Mark S. He says "Psychiatry is sick and dying," that in "Less than half of all hospital psychiatric positions [could] be filled by graduates of U.
He says recent medical school graduates "see that psychiatry is out of sync with the rest of medicine, that it has no credibility", and he says they accuse of psychiatry of being "unscientific".
He says "Psychiatrists have sunk bottomward on the earnings totem pole in medicine. They can expect to make some 30 percent less than the average physician". He says his medical school professors thought he was throwing away his career when he chose to become a psychiatrist Bantam Books, pp.
In another book published inDr. Gold describes "how psychiatry got into the state it is today: Similarly, a Wall Street Journal editorial in says "psychiatry remains the most threatened of all present medical specialties", citing the fact that "psychiatrists are among the poorest-paid American doctors", that "relatively few American medical-school graduates are going into psychiatric residencies", and psychiatry's "loss of public esteem" Harry Schwartz, "A Comeback for Psychiatrists?
The low esteem of psychiatry in the eyes of physicians who practice bona-fide health care that is, physicians in medical specialties other than psychiatry is illustrated in The Making of a Psychiatrist, Dr.
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