Mental Illness is misnamed in view of the very latest scientific discoveries of neuroscience. They are not caused by deep psychological problems, but by definite abnormal physical processes in the brain. Therefore, the label “mental illness must be discarded since it is stigmatizing whilst keeping hundreds of thousands of potential patients from seeking help to avoid being labeled “mentally” ill. In our hearts we know the term is a stand-in for being crazy.
Besides, the term “mental illness” is grossly scientifically inaccurate.
A revolutionary change is necessary. We must reclassify and rename these illnesses as neurologically-based, the same as neurological illnesses (which are never referred to as being “mental”. A new word, neuriatric illness has the same root, neuro as does neurology. Neuro refers to neuron, which is the chief (physical) cell in the brain. So, it is incumbent on us to replace the stigmatizing word “mental” illness with “neuriatric” illness.
Also, the psychiatric profession is desperate for an overhaul. Neurologists do no spend endless hours doing physical rehabilitation, occupational rehabilitation and other non-medical activities themselves. They refer to non-medical personnel for the adjunctive services, so they can utilize their great expertise in making a diagnosis and providing cutting edge medical and pharmacological treatments founded on their deep study of the brain, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Psychiatrists, by contrast, spend most of their time just talking in so-called psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy. Only the smallest minority bother studying complex physical brain mechanisms and employ sophisticated pharmacological treatment.
In the current so-called “Mental Health Care System”, less than fifty percent ever seek help from a so-called, “mental health provider”. Instead, they filter into the general medical system, ringing up huge expenses there. For the other half, it is like playing Russian Roulette, there is such a confusing array of disciplines, counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists who just do “psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy”, that those patients with more serious illnesses requiring diagnosis and treatment from a neuritis rarely get there, or get there so late, their brains are already ravaged and they are disabled.
11 Key Points as explained in the book: The Treacherous Dichotomy: Physical Illness Versus Mental Illness
- All people with so-called “mental” illness need specialized help, particularly for the more severe, symptomatic, disabling illnesses.
- Science has now proven that there is no such thing as a “mental” illness.
- The label “mental” illness promotes stigma and shame and causes countless sufferers to avoid consulting with a so-called “mental” health professional.
- Instead, they flock into the general medical system at tremendous expense.
- So-called mental illness is really caused by multiple physical abnormalities in the brain as documented by the latest findings of neuroscience.
- We must eradicate the term “mental” illness and replace it with a term suggesting physical causes.
- The term neurology has the root “neuro” taken from the main cell of the brain, the neuron, which is a physical entity.
- Therefore, the word neuriatry should replace “mental” illness or “psychiatric” illness.
- Over time this will dramatically reduce stigma and promote more expeditious diagnosis and treatment, reducing suffering, disability, and expense.
- The psychiatric profession needs to be remodeled, not to be identical to neurologists, but to emphasize neuroscience and complex medical treatments. There is no rationale for them to continue utilizing psychotherapies, which psychologists and social workers can implement just as effectively and at significantly reduced cost.
- As we progress through the twenty-first century, unfortunately, we are going to keep the same outmoded terminology and flea-bitten “mental health care system” we are currently encumbered with. People reading the book will begin thinking seriously about my proposals. That would be the first step to change.
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The Treacherous Dichotomy: Physical Illness Versus Mental Illness
Author: Stefan Lerner MD
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1480872080Buy Now
About the Author
Stefan Lerner, MD has been in the clinical practice of psychiatry, then clinical psychopharmacology for over forty years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member of the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He was Associate Clinical Professor at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine before retirement.