Psychiatry Psychology: The Missing Soul
A review of the post titled:
Psychiatry and Psychology’s DSM the Devil’s Dictionary
Retrieved: December 30, 2014
The post cited above from http://takingthemaskoff.com is one of the best that I have read in the entire period that I have roamed on the Internet.
If I was a movie producer, director I would have bought rights from the author. There is no doubt that the heart wrenching drama of a doctor, a patient and the way Modern Psychiatry is practiced today would become an award winning thriller. It would also have people glued to their seats as it touches the core of being human. Today we know at least one person, if not oneself, in our circle who is or should be on psychiatric treatment. However, this post is neither fiction, nor is it written for entertainment.
Doctors (*good ones) have always treated the human being, not the medical labels and most certainly not treated their blood, MRI or PET scan reports. (*good = as defined above.). In the most basic sense a doctor is a person privileged to ameliorate suffering of body & mind of other human beings.
William Osler, the father of modern clinical medicine says,
“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.”
William Osler believes, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
Have we forgotten the meaning of science?
The writer is an extraordinary person for he chooses to use ordinary common sense. He uses his power of observation. (** What’s that?) What he observes poses serious questions about who is psychologically abnormal and who is a gifted genius.
Science is not name of a subject or textbook. **Science is a method of observation to find what, why, when, which, where, whose and how, the 6 W + H. He uses scientific method as he graples with the odd behavior of the 8 year boy. The doctor does another uncommon thing.
Doctor the healer
It is well known that doctor, the person himself, influences healing. Two doctors give the same medicine yet one of them is more popular than another.
This professionally skilled doctor, trained in the modern medical science of psychology and psychiatry dares to use a powerful tool that a doctor has. This often neglected tool is ‘himself’. The author uses his whole being, for diagnosis and for the betterment (popularly called as treatment) of the little boy.
Obviously this 8 year boy has mental illness.
Why is it obvious?
Well the behavior of the child is noticeably different from that of others boys of the same age and this bothers the family.
What happens when any disturbed person is brought to the Psychiatrist?
Doctor’s erudite mind searches for an acronym that best describes the odd behavior of that person in the DSM. DSM is the venerable Bible, which classifies and gives labels to all the disturbances of the human mind.
Then the person becomes a bonafide psychiatric patient. You may debate upon what the illness should be called, you may experiment with different medicines to treat the case, but remember you are dealing with a mental patient.
Abnormal or gifted?
What if the boy is as abnormal as one of these below.
- Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read.
- Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
- When Thomas Edison was a boy, his teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.
- W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employers would not let him wait on a customer because he “Didn’t have enough sense.”
- A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had “No good ideas”
- Caruso’s music teacher told him “You can’t sing, you have no voice at all.”
- Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college.
- Verner Von Braun flunked 9th grade algebra.
- Admiral Richard E. Byrd had been retired from the navy, as “unfit for service” until he flew over both poles.
- Louis Pasteur was rated as mediocre in chemistry when he attended the Royal College.
- Abraham Lincoln entered The Black Hawk War as a captain and came out a private.
- Fred Waring was once rejected from high school chorus.
- Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade.
(I have read the post just once. It merits re-reading.
I have not read ‘About’.
I have to find out how the link landed in my email.)
. . . . to be continued
Are all people having abnormal behavior mentally sick?
Is it true that all people who are weird, abnormal or who show inappropriate behavior are mentally ill?
If it were not for people that were not “appropriate,” women still would not be allowed to vote, we would still have slaves, and many other atrocities would still be happening. I could name a million things that “inappropriate,” thinkers at the time changed.
Do you think Bill Gates or Martin Luther King or mother Theresa did things how everyone else wanted? Or Gandhi? You see what we are doing here to this kid? What I was doing?
Indian scriptures say that a great man, a self realized soul or a Mahatma behaves like a child or like a mad person.
The author isn’t off the mark when he thinks that the boy may not be mentally sick, but be may be gifted or extraordinary. Or he may be human being who is different. A person who has had emotional trauma may behave differently from others.
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