You are, of course, entitled to your religious beliefs. And that's all they will ever remain.
There are a great deal of courageous "psychiatrists" and scientists -it seems you have never read any antipsychiatrist book, and this harms and limits your scientific perspective- that have proven this. I am able to give you a lot of bibliographic references about this.
Then why must criteria clearly be met in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or WHO criteria to justify a diagnosis?
We both know, I hope, that these criteria are ehm, made up by voting processes. I adore democracy, but a disease is defined by autopsy, not voting. It's a purely theoretical construction. And, unfortunately, "DSM", according to a Freud's epistle, has borrowed heavily from "Malleus Maleficarum" .
Let me give you another example:Karl Marx as a sociologist has given to the world certain criteria
according to which something is proletarian
. Why don't we adhere to these? It's all scientific!
I see. So my patients with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder, and Panic Disorder should all give up their medications and pop round to you guys to say some prayers over them. Uh huh.
There is the "drawback effect", I wouldn't suggest it. Moreover, the pharmaceutical industry, from en economist perspective, would be extremely distressed...
You know (or maybe you don't know), my friend, Elder Porphyrios, who knew things about medical science and revealed them to doctors and made charismatic diagnoses and so forth used to say that "psychological illness is the easiest to cure". And he had cured hundreds and thousands himself, sometimes just through consulting. But it's the conventional wisdom.. Who dares to think beyond it?
Thats a bit self-contradictory. On the one hand you say that Mental Illness is caused by demons and that psychotropic medication does more harm than good, and on the other you say psychiatrists who prescribe psychotropics and do not believe mental illness to be caused by demons do no harm. Make your mind up.
It's quite obvious that I'm referring to psychiatrists of ALL schools of thought.
To suggest, for example, that demons can cause alterations in the serotonin or dopamine levels in the brain to create Bipolar Affective Disorder or Schizophrenia places demons
I' m sorry, but this is not a scientific theory. It's pure biopsychiatry or the marketing campaign of pharmaceutical industry. Thirty or forty years ago, the "professionals" used to tell them that they have to look to their dreams, in order to understand their subconscious, and to their possibly traumatic past in order to heal them. It was the freudist orthodoxy which has been so discredited now. And, as I've said before, these neurotransmitters have and could logically
have nothing to do with causing
happiness or whatever. Neurotransmitters(and we don't know but a few of them) are useful in transimitting the neural signal. The rest is pure speculation that is, nevertheless, very useful in business, in what we economics University students would call antimarketing
and, of course, opinion-making.
Is asthma caused by demons?
Usually no, asthma is indeed a disease, which means a malfunction of an organ of the human body.
"Psychological diseases", on the other hand, have nothing to do with malfunctions of the human brain. This could only be stated by the psychologists who don't accept the existence of the non-material soul of our times. God lets demons act and cause athymia or akedia or adultery or whatever, because we are free to reject Him and because demons are free. The battery of our soul can be filled either ways, as Elder Porphyrios said, and it would be authoritarian of God not to let us choose.
Thank you for the conversation, it's been very substantial, I just hope it had taken place at another thread.
I hope God illumines us all in his mysterious ways in order to help the needy brethren.