Friday, April 12, 2013

The Myths of Chemical Imbalance and Mental Illness

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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.

**Update September 16, 2019

More studies that also conclude there is no "gay gene". 

In 2019 (secular)

In 2015 (secular) (again, as years ago, the media is hyping something that the latest study does not say).

In 2009 the American Psychological Association concluded:

"There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors." - source

In 2003

What if the diagnosis of Autism is incorrect? What else could be the problem?

**Update Feburary 16,2019**

I just came across this by Dr. Breggin (secular psychiatrist):

When “mental patients” become violent, the media reaction is almost automatic—they must have stopped taking their “meds.” This myth of the violent patient controlled by psychiatric drugs is a myth. There are no scientific studies to confirm it. Indeed, the FDA has not approved any drugs as effective for controlling violence. The Pharmaceutical Empire relentlessly perpetrates the big lie because it serves a trillion dollar purpose. It keeps the public believing that psychiatric drugs are society’s last line of defense against violent individuals. It also lends all psychiatric drugs an aura of magical effectiveness that none of them possess...

Go here for the whole article.

A list of mass shootings that involved people on psych meds here.

More articles on the connection between mass shootings and psych drugs here (this article includes a link to an FDA studyand here

**Update February 16, 2018**

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."
End quote.

Money--billions--is also at stake.

***UPDATE from January 2017***

God's Word Is True: Johns Hopkins Doctors Conclude Homosexuality Isn't Scientifically Proven

*** UPDATE 10/23/15*** (more updates at the bottom of the article)

"Many individuals who are prescribed and use antidepressant medications may not have met criteria for mental disorders. Our data indicate that antidepressants are commonly used in the absence of clear evidence-based indications." - Study as reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Yes of course. There's no evidence for any of it. It is clearly subjective both on the one who's reporting feelings and thoughts, and the one diagnosing. But there's no object medical test b/c it's not a physical problem. It's a spiritual problem. And people don't want to deal with life as it happens--either the one going through difficulties or the therapist. It's easy for both the client and the therapist to just throw pills at the problem and call it a day (an expensive day at that!).

***UPDATE 8/28/15***

A major investigation into scores of claims made in psychology research journals has delivered a bleak verdict on the state of the science.
An international team of experts repeated 100 experiments published in top psychology journals and found that they could reproduce only 36% of original findings.
The study, which saw 270 scientists repeat experiments on five continents, was launched by psychologists in the US in response to rising concerns over the reliability of psychology research.
In the investigation, a whopping 75% of the social psychology experiments were not replicated, meaning that the originally reported findings vanished when other scientists repeated the experiments. Half of the cognitive psychology studies failed the same test. Details are published in the journal Science.
Even when scientists could replicate original findings, the sizes of the effects they found were on average half as big as reported first time around. That could be due to scientists leaving out data that undermined their hypotheses, and by journals accepting only the strongest claims for publication.
~The Guardian reports

***UPDATE 5/13/15***

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."
Gøtzsche warns psychiatric drugs kill patients year in year out, and hold few positive benefits. He says in excess of half a million citizens across the Western world aged 65 and over die annually as a result of taking these drugs.
“Their benefits would need to be colossal to justify this, but they are minimal,” he writes.
“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm.”
Gøtzsche, who is also a clinical trials expert, says drug trials funded by big pharmaceutical companies tend to produce biased results because many patients took other medication prior to the tests.
He says patients cease taking the old drugs and then experience a phase of withdrawal prior to taking the trial pharmaceuticals, which appear highly beneficial at first.
The Danish professor also warns fatalities from suicides in clinical trials are significantly under-reported.
End quote.

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."

***UPDATE 4/3/15***

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

  • *Study analysed those taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • *Found 69% did not meet the criteria for clinical depression
  • *And 38% did not meet the criteria for other mental conditions like anxiety 
  • *Experts: 'Drugs are prescribed without an evidence-based diagnosis'


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)

"Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications" here.(secular perspective by an expert psychiatrist and professor)

There Are No "Chemical Imbalances" (secular perspective)

The Truth Behind Psychiatry's  DSM--quotes from the exerpts (Christian, quotes are secular experts)

Rotten to the core. (Christian view)

The Trojan horse of psychology in the church.


The APA and its DSM has voted to now include caffeine withdrawals as a mental disorder.

**Side Note**

Psych drugs related to nearly every single mass shooting. (Secular source)

US Army admits Ft. Hood murderer Ivan Lopez was on psych drugs

**Other links**

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

Regarding the studies of psychotropic drugs: (all articles listed below are from a secular view)


Unknown said...

Do you just sit there on your judgement seat conjuring up who and what issues you can you can correct in people/the world?
Who are you to say there's no such thing as a chemical imbalance in the brain. I think you will find that the opposite is true and that if psychiatrists would give their patients SPECT scans there would be evidence of such.
You're obviously full of your own self importance and don't care about whether you hurt others with your opinions. I was actually reading your blog with interest until I came upon this.

Denise said...

So Riblets, and yet here you are judging me.

Instead of getting so emotional and spewing out personal attacks, how about actually reading those articles I posted?

Had you bothered to read the articles, you would've found that there is a growing number of psychiatrists and psychologists who are saying there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance in the brain.

But more importantly, the issue isn't a mental "illness", but a spiritual issue. The point is that there is indeed a solution to one's emotional and mental problems and it is found in Scripture alone. God who created us and gave us life, has given us all we need for life and godliness in Scripture. Psychology is nothing more than humanism that has no hope and has no truth.

Denise said...

ADHD is a fraud, as ADHD inventer Leon Eisenberg confesses, along with Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan --read that article.

Unknown said...

I do agree that mental illness is overdiagnosed. It's a travesty that doctors are so quick to prescribe meds and nothing else. And indeed, we know from the Psalms especially that living with unconfessed sin or without a relationship with the Lord leads to serious anxiety and depression.
But we are physical creatures, and the Fall affected the whole person. We cannot see the mind and emotions out of the physical context of the brain. As whole, integrated creations, only searching for and treated spiritual causes ignores how God designed our bodies and how the Fall diseased them almost as much as modern psych. does. We cannot deny that physical problems affect the physical brain; our endocrine system sends hormones to the brain that create feelings. I think of postpartum depression, PMS, hypothyroidism, etc. These are all imbalances that can change the state of our emotions.
Now of course, none of these justifies sin, acting wrongly on those emotions! Just like any external trial that stresses us (like losing a job), we must constantly pray and take our thoughts (not the same as emotions) captive to the obedience of Christ and continue to confess our sins.
I have heard the argument that we should avoid treating mental ailments physically because it removes the place for dependence and help in God. Under that logic, why should I pursue treatment for my broken toe or cancer? Wouldn't I be rejecting an opportunity to trust in God as I walked through a similarly physical, emotional, and spiritual trial?
Some depression and anxiety result from having unconfessed sin and neglecting our relationship with God, some come from an imbalance or disease in our integrated physical systems, and most include factors of both. We must address it as so.
Thanks for hearing my thoughts!

Denise said...

Hi Caroline,

The problem is that only in recent years has the medical model been applied to the mind which is a problem. For millennia, Man's thoughts and feelings have always been infested with sin and his problems have not changed nor has the solution changed. Since the mind is the area of the inner man and is therefore spiritual in nature, it must be dealt with in like manner. Scripture tells us how to think (Phil. 4).

If you read some of the links I list, the issue of the medical issue being applied to the mind is discussed as is the myth of a chemical imbalance, and these are from secularists themselves. Psychology and psychiatry are not science like physiology or anatomy are. That's the problem with the medical model forced upon that which deals with thoughts and feelings. As I stated in my article, 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.

Now a brain disease is an objective, medically tested diagnosis and is remedied by physical treatment, but that is not a disease of the mind. The brain is an organ, the mind is the inner man. So to compare the inner man with the outer man and say that they are similar and thus their solution is similar is incorrect. Also, the starting point for psychology is Evolution and a hatred for Christ and His Word, so their view of Man, his problems, and the solutions will be just as earthly, demonic, and unspiritual. James 3 talks about this.

Even with depression, which is nothing new, Scripture tells us how we must handle our thinking; there aren't excuses for sinful thinking and feelings. So even if there is a physical issue at hand that is objective and medically proven, we are still responsible for our behavior.

I think if you read the many articles I've listed, it will become clear.

Denise said...

Lyn, do you have another source for a video to share? I don't want to post anything from TON. Thanks so much!