Despite the fact that most of the public has been convinced by biopsychiatry that “mental illness” is caused by a “biochemical imbalance,” there has never been solid evidence of any particular imbalance as a cause, and that fact is starting to receive more publicity. Rather than apologize for the mass deception, psychiatry is attempting to dodge responsibility by claiming that “we never said it was a biochemical imbalance.” An example of a recent article along those lines is “Psychiatry’s New Brain-Mind and the Legend of the “Chemical Imbalance””
I had my own experience confronting psychiatrists at our county mental health department about this. A couple years ago I asked that a policy be created that no one ever be told that their problem was due to a “biochemical imbalance.” They refused to make such a policy, and demanded that I quit asking for it, even though they privately admitted they knew any mental problems were much more complex than any “chemical imbalance.” So why did they defend the “right” of psychiatrists to say something they knew wasn’t true? Because, I believe, they knew lots of their colleagues liked to say it was such an imbalance so they could get consumers to think the drugs were necessary, and they didn’t want to confront those colleagues about such deceitful statements.
So what will replace the “chemical imbalance” myth? The “Psychiatry’s new brain-mind” article starts out well by talking about the need to recognize that things are more complex, but quickly falls back into psychiatric denial of complexity and exaggeration of evidence for biological causes, for example by stating that
conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are attributable to rare, but highly potent, genetic variations that lead to dysfunction in multiple, complex brain circuits. However, the particular symptomatic manifestations in a given individual-—the disease phenotype—is partly dependent on the person’s experiences and environment.
Here the “schizophrenia” or “bipolar” are being framed as definitely genetic, with only the form of the disorder dependent on experience. This is a flagrant attempt to totally overlook such things as the fact that even when one identical twin has “schizophrenia” the other twin most often doesn’t have the disorder at all, and the fact that psychiatry has never shown that any particular genes are required in order to get “schizophrenia,” and the fact that abuse and other negative experiences may make “schizophrenia” more likely for any particular population……I could go on.
It seems that psychiatry is addicted to simplistic biological theories, and needs considerably more “treatment” before it can “recover.”