From: Eugene Frison <cthulhu_calls.nul> Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:39:22 -0500 Archived: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:19:17 -0400 Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:53:00 +0100 >Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >>From: Eugene Frison <cthulhu_calls.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:57:27 -0500 >>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >>Let's take an example. Schizophrenia is real. It exists! It >>doesn't usually get better on its own. >Sorry friend, the facts seem to be different: Only in your mind, Ray! >Schizophrenia May Not Exist >www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/schizophrenia >and the later update: >Call To Wipe Out Schizophrenia As Catch-All Tag >www.guardian.co.uk/news/2006/oct/10/medicineandhealth There is very little - or nothing at all - new here! These articles you are refering to are essentially rehashing the very old debate as to whether schizophrenia is caused by the environment or is biological/genetic and calling to make distinctions between each case recognizing that each patient's illness may be different and caused by different factors. They are not claiming that the conditions usually referred to as schizophrenia do not exist. A call to end the use of the word schizophrenia as a catch-all label. Nothing more. The mental illness that affected the woman who murdered my friend Lilly was real. All these articles are saying is that her condition may not be identical to many other conditions that are similiar with identical symptoms, and that each of these seemingly identical conditions may have any of a large number of causes. The call is to stop using one word - schizophrenia - to describe them all. Let's be absolutely clear on this: The referred to articles do not mean that there is no such thing as a mental illness that causes people to be out of touch with reality, hallucinate, have inappropriate affect, harbor feelings of persecution or delusion, be paranoid, or have any of the well-known symptoms. They do not in any way mean that these conditions that cause many people who have to live with them unspeakable suffering (as they do to their families and friends) don't exist. Friend, they do exist whether you use an umbrella term like schizophrenia to denote them or use a different name for each and every case, or don't use any name at all. Whether the condition and symptoms are caused in one person by a genetic predisposition, caused in her neighbor by a biological factor such as a viral infection, and caused in someone else she doesn't even know living two hundred miles away from her by severe stress in the family or work environment, a mental illness develops. Call it schizophrenia in all three cases or give each case a different label, it doesn't matter when it comes to whether the patient is ill or not ill. The illness or illnesses is/are real! What you call it may affect whether or not you discover its roots and how you treat it in each individual case but it certainly doesn't affect whether the person's illness is real or not. Currently, psychiatry and psychology use the one term schizophrenia to describe these symptoms. So I will also use the word when talking or writing about it. If the day comes when they start using different labels for this illness (or for these _illnesses_ if that should be what they decide is more accurate) then I will use the newer terms. Eugene Frison Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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