Talk:Psychiatry

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Psychiatry has replaced religion in this secular age in order to describe or prescribe how people ought to behave to conform to societal norms. See DSM 5. In ye olden days one would gain 'confirmation' from the priest. Or else be accused of witchcraft. Since the demise of religion, psychiatrists have jumped into performing this role... and have claimed that medical 'science' justifies their position in promoting 'group think.' Of course herd mentality has played a pivotal role in promoting this pseudoscience. The benefits of sheeple mentality have become too powerful for the extreme individual to fight against and exist and function within the uniform groupthink mentality. As expressed by Orwell and others, rhetoric has become the dominant idealogy in order to prop up existing authoritarian structures. Discuss?--Dirk Steele (talk) 04:36, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

didnt you already make a forum about this?--Mikal Harass Follow 05:30, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

You said: "Psychiatry has replaced religion in this secular age in order to describe or prescribe how people ought to behave to conform to societal norms." This is not true. While there are multiple definitions of what is a mental illness (generally depending on your school of thought within psychiatry/psychology) they pretty much all include:

1) The behavior/thought pattern is very unusual

2) The behavior/thought pattern is unpleasant or disturbing for the person experiencing it

3) The behavior/thought pattern inhibits social functioning of the person experiencing it

4) The behavior/thought pattern has been present more-or-less continuously for an extended period of time* (as a note on this one, the DSM IV-TR criteria for pretty much all mental illnesses requires multiple months)

The condition you listed is effectively part of one criteria. The rest of your position amounts to ignorance of the subject at hand--Logic and Empricism (talk) 20:58, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Plus, you're going to reference a book that hasn't even been published yet? -- Seth Peck (talk) 21:07, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Anti-psychiatry talking points. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 21:09, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
I think you do Orwell a disservice, Dirk, when you imply that he didn't understand rhetoric. Sadly, the rhetoric page here is woefully undeveloped. I shall have to do something about that, I reckon.Dowdicus (talk) 03:23, 7 December 2013 (UTC)