Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety

There are 12 comments on the Psychology Today story from Apr 8, 2013, titled Depression and Anxiety. In it, Psychology Today reports that:

Depression and anxiety used to be considered pieces of the same disease. Now they are completely separate, with psychiatry having a whole series of anxiety disorders and, quite apart, "major depression ." This has been a scientific disaster and results in two prescriptions- one for an "antidepressant," the other for an "anxiolytic" -- rather than ... (more)

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United States

#1 Apr 12, 2013
APA Admits there is no test for "chemical imbalance"
In an explosive admission, American psychiatric Association President Steven Sharfstein did a 180-degree turnaround from his TODAY show interview (June 27) and admitted that there is no way to test for a “chemical imbalance” as the cause for mental disorders. PEOPLE magazine (July 11), quoted Dr. Sharfstein conceding,“We do not have a clean-cut lab test.”
Dr. Sharfstein is not alone. Elliot Valenstein, Ph.D. says,“[T]here are no tests available for assessing the chemical status of a living person’s brain.” The late Dr. Loren Mosher stated,“…there are no external validating criteria for psychiatric diagnoses.”
In 2004, psychiatrist M. Douglas Mar debunked the theory that brain scans can help diagnose mental diseases stating,“There is no scientific basis for these claims [of using brain scans for psychiatric diagnosis].”
Harvard University professor, Joseph Glenmullen, author of “Prozac Backlash,” said the questionnaires of symptoms used to “diagnose” depression “may look scientific,” but “are utterly subjective measures.”
“But unfortunately, the tragedy in this misinformation campaign has been the children who have been pegged with these invented illnesses and given life-destroying drugs,” said Marla Filidei, VP of CCHR International.“We’ve seen hundreds of cases where children’s lives have been destroyed as a result of these labels.”
Ten-year-old Shaina Dunkle collapsed and died from toxic levels of the psychiatric drug she was prescribed.“Shaina looked into my eyes as her life ended and I could do nothing to save her. It’s been two years and I relive those last few minutes every day. Believe me, it is a nightmare no parent should ever have to live with, said Mrs. Vicki Dunkle.
At age 7, Matthew Smith was diagnosed with ADHD. His parents were told he needed to take a stimulant to help him focus and that non-compliance could bring criminal charges for neglecting their son’s educational and emotional needs. The parents acceded to the pressure and put Matthew on a psychiatric drug and on March 21, 2000, while skateboarding, Matthew suffered a heart attack and died from the effects of the drug.
By their own admission, psychiatrists cannot cure. Norman Sartorius, President of the World Psychiatric Association from 1996-1999 concluded that “the time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone"

United States

#2 Apr 12, 2013
Without a test for chemical imbalance the mental health, the "psychiatric diagnosis" is limited in the ancillary tests of medicine like an EKG, EEG, blood work or other tests in the diagnoses of a patient. They aren't really needed in Psychiatry.
I think you can see, and probably know, as a student, that the psychiatric diagnosis is made on the basis of behavior or spoken words or the hearsay from a neighor, friend, estranged husband/wife who may very well be making a false allegation or creating a position in a court of law for their advantage. I am sure that Medicare or Disability and insurances play a large part in the diagnoses. Basically you are making a diagnoses on the physiological differences between the so called "mentally ill" and the "normal" without knowing what a proper and healthy chemical "balance" look like?" There is no test.
If we respect metabolic changes based on daily dietary habits, weight gain / loss , terms of the survival of the organisms as a person age along with physical conditioning, physical illness, electrolyte level, gender differences , body temperature, I don't see where the Mental Health and Counseling Industry could conform to any consistency in data with consideration to the above to state a person has a mental disease or illness based on chemical imbalance. Beside that, the mental health psychiatric diagnoses isn't even part of standard medical procedure known as the medical model in which all doctors are trained and is the only branch of medicine operating completely on political decisions.
So, on the basis of a 10 minute exchange between doctor & patient, a diagnosis of atypical schizophrenia (others) can be made and what is disturbing is that with the aid of a 2nd physician, the patient can be involuntarily hospitalized without any due process of law.. There is no other branch of medicine that permits this sort of thing.
If an orthopedic surgeon operated on a patient without the aid of an X-ray, he would be working at the car wash the next day.

Winnipeg, Canada

#3 Apr 13, 2013
AKA frustration and exhaustion. People are so self-harming with poor diet, lack of exercize, alcohol, cigarettes, poor sleep, caffeine addiction etc that they feel like garbage. They go to a doctor and are diagnosed quickly as depression and out come the pad and off you go for pills that could make you suicidal and homicidal. Thats repeated over and over. People have to wise up. Stay healthy and this WON'T be your fate.
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High Springs, FL

#7 Oct 26, 2013
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Ludhiana, India

#10 Jul 23, 2014
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.
If you are suffer by anxiety then you can try xanax and valium. its best pills used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

Upper Hutt, New Zealand

#13 Aug 18, 2014
Interestingly, I heard a lady on talk radio during a discussion about various treatments say, "As far as I am concerned, my doctor prescribes medication to put HIM out of my misery."


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Torrance, CA

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#20 Sep 26, 2014
A person with depression usually experiences low levels of energy, finds little or no pleasure in activities formerly enjoyed, and often has overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, fear, sadness, guilt, or anger. Anxiety is more acute, causing feelings of imminent danger, a need to retreat, run away, or hide, and physical symptoms that can mimic heart attack or other physical ailments.

Green Bay, WI

#27 Oct 2, 2014
I'm in treatment for clinical depression with panic and anxiety disorder and PTSD...I don't have to take 2 different medications, I take one that covers all the bases and I'm doing quite well. Depression and anxiety ARE different, but the root of both is similar and can be exacerbated by high stress levels.

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