1Ti 6:20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called "knowledge," 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.
I came across this secular article, "Schizophrenia Is Not A Mental Illness" by a retired psychologist who also says Schizophrenia is not a mental illness, but rather a categorizing of behavior that can actually be resolved by teaching the client how to live properly (common sense and self discipline; psychology calls it "coping skills").
**UPDATE October 26,2017
Another article published in September 2017:
"Having practiced psychotherapy now for nearly a decade, I continue to be amazed by the number of patients who come in and claim to have a chemical imbalance in their brain. Not only is the chemical imbalance theory of mental disorder unsubstantiated by any empirical research, but it has also been widely and publicly refuted by a number of prominent psychiatrists, like Allen Frances and Ronald Pies above. In fact, I have found that the most militant proponents of the chemical imbalance idea to be nonpsychiatrists—like social workers and clinical psychologists—who cling to the theory as a way of validating their status as "health professionals."
"Why does the chemical imbalance theory live on despite the fact that it is well-established to be a myth? The idea of a chemical imbalance is a simple and succinct way for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to communicate to patients and their families that psychiatric conditions are "real," regardless of whether they are medical or nonmedical. "Chemical imbalance" provides a seemingly scientific-sounding explanation to human problems that have historically evaded scientific inquiry. To this day, there exists not a single biological test for any mental disorder, despite claims to the contrary. To assert that a patient has a chemical imbalance is to validate and confirm the experience of the suffering person."
Money--billions--is also at stake.
***UPDATE from January 2017***
*** UPDATE 10/23/15*** (more updates at the bottom of the article)
Another scientist finds that not only antidepressents to be pretty ineffective, but even deadly in over 500,000 65 year olds.
" However, concern is mounting among doctors and scientists worldwide that psychiatric medication is doing more harm than good. In particular, they say antipsychotic drugs have been overprescribed to many dementia patients in a bid to calm agitated behavior."
Also of note, not only the bias of the studies and under-reporting of the results on these drugs which are funded by big Pharma which claim to help and solve the customers' problems, but also by a journalist who himself is a psych patient:
"The debate on psychiatric drugs has gathered momentum in recent times. In the discussion, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Gøtzsche’s arguments are contradicted by Professor of Mood Disorders Allan Young and John Crace. Crace, himself a psychiatric patient, writes for the Guardian."
Nearly 70% of People Taking Anti-depressants May Not Actually Have Depression
More than two thirds of people taking antidepressants 'may NOT actually have depression': Doctors discover many do not meet the official criteria
USA reports that experts in psychology are agreeing that "mental illness" is not a disease nor are there any biological markers to indicate it. Moreover the report shows that experts in the field see how the Bible of the psychology industry, the DSM, is nothing but a collection of subjective symptoms and NO science.
Voddie Bacham also says there's no such thing as a chemical imbalance, its a myth, there's no test. He's absolutely right.
There's no test: its voted in by the APA and put into the DSM. And sometimes disorders are removed. This is being proclaimed within the psychology and psychiatry fields, not by Christians but by secular experts in their own fields.
From the man who wrote the book"The Myth of Mental Illness" in 1955, here's an update by Thomas Szasz (professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York.)
The chemical imbalance myth (secular perspective)
The APA and its DSM has voted to now include caffeine withdrawals as a mental disorder.
Psych drugs related to nearly every single mass shooting. (Secular source)
US Army admits Ft. Hood murderer Ivan Lopez was on psych drugs
ADHD is a fraud, as ADHD inventer Leon Eisenberg confesses, along with Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan (secular view)
Babies not born innocent: July 2007 - secular view
Babies know the different between right and wrong: May 2010 - secular view
Psychotropic drugs linked to every mass shooting in the last 20 years (2013--this doesn't include the ones in the last 5 years like the Las Vegas shooting).
Gun control vs MEDICATION control: FDA-approved prescription drugs kill more Americans each day than the entire casualty count from the Las Vegas Mandalay massacre