That was a long time ago in the days where a husband could get rid of a pesky wife by claiming she’s nuts or a mother could get rid of an unwanted child by making similar claims.
But the big old institutions have nearly all shut down and the ones that are left are usually retrofitted into prison psychiatric wards or “adolescent treatment centers” with just as much abuse as ever.
But the ease in the days of the Rosenhan experiment is long gone Healthcare costs virtually eliminates it and that doesn’t happen in the USA anymore in quite that way.
The lesson remains however and nowadays the danger in overdiagnosis is found in schools putting kids under the federal disability list WITHOUT informing parents properly as they’re supposed to. [happened to my friend’s son just last week and she was MAD], which sticks them in a special track where they are subject to different rules than average school kids.
So while Rosenhan won’t happen again in quite the same way, vigilance is needed.
The most dangerous intersection imo is between criminal law enforcement, psychiatry, and schools.
However, I *strongly* believe there is a FAR FAR FAR greater danger in the LACK of mental health facilities in both low income and minority neighborhoods and especially low income minority neighborhoods.
Low income white kids get “boys will be boys” and kicked around from place to place without treatment or juvie on a track to be released in due time.
Low income minority kids get sent to juvie with a track to move to adult population upon reaching age of majority.
There’s propaganda in there, beware. Might be true but watch.
These are the results of: http://www.raisonresearchgroup.com/what-we-do/
While they might be onto something, it ALSO might be quackery.
“Based on these findings, we have begun a rigorous study of the antidepressant potential of Whole Body Hyperthermia that includes the use of a placebo condition designed to mimic aspects of the treatment. The goal is to help us better understand how Whole Body Hyperthermia rapidly treats depression and the impact of reduced depressive symptoms on how people behave in their daily lives.”
“Whole Body Hyperthermia” strikes me as a modern electroshock therapy. Electroshock therapy DOES work in many patients and modern therapy uses much lower doses, but has dangers.
“Whole Body Hyperthermia” is worth investigating and is probably far less damaging than electroshock and perhaps pills too – and I’d probably recommend it as a “less invasive” thing to try, much like how biofeedback and guided meditation helped me at 11 yrs old in combating “general anxiety disorder”.
I still have it. It wasn’t a perfect fix but I pride myself on being medicine free. Yet, I also have made lifestyle modifications that construct my existence around it to some degree.
Would I have been better on a steady diet of Lorazapam or another pill? Maybe. I don’t know.
That’s where the whole field is tricky and full of landmines. It’s constantly in flux.
“2.3. Neural Plasticity and Neurogenesis” intrigues me in particular.
But the gut-brain axis is a fascinating route: eat yogurt, add fiber to your diet, poop more. It’s not a bad direction to go.
In a sense, neuroplasticity could be reduced to: think positive, exercise to activate body –> brain improvements, smile on your face until you smile in your brain, stuff like that.
I don’t think these ultimately fix bad cases but they’re useful for milder cases.
Yup. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby. Lots of physical therapy from age 2-4, was able to enter regular school, although by 8th grade, I had to get out and did as anxiety was too great. [probably adhd or a kind of autism which may or may not be related to CP]. I was born at 6 months and premies often have odd issues.
Now that physical therapy? I’m convinced it “rewired” my brain around most of the “bad spots”. I worked with kids who had CP, autism, and other disorders and saw the lasting improvements in physical therapy for myself, much as I had experienced it during “hazy memory” years.
Yet, I don’t think there’s a cure-all. That’s something that I think is critical to always keep in mind with any of these treatments and the scientific hypothesis behind “why”.
Sounds solid. One of my personal rules is:
“Do something impossible daily.”
Of course, it’s not “impossible” once I’ve done “it” but it feels that way beforehand.
Example: I try to find a new perspective with which to see something. IT HAS TO HURT ME.
You see, I see following common daily routines as ruts in a muddy path. If you are riding your bicycle in a muddy rut, you’ll tip over easily at the slightest veering.
So, I search for new metaphors daily. That rut is a minor metaphor story that’s not quite in the “impossible” level, but it’s novel. I’d never used it before and will try to not use it again. I made it specifically and custom for right now.
I think that helps link neurons together physically upon creating novel (to self) metaphors.
But for more “impossible things” daily, I take the opinion someone has that I disagree with and I try to really understand why they are also correct and sometimes seeing their point of view is a flash of insight and almost painful to get to.
For projects, I try to use software in new ways I hadn’t before.
For concepts, I find a few concepts I’d never heard of before and I try to bring them together into existing categories I already know which can be a brain challenge. Example here is tackling neuroplasticity – one of my favorite subjects – and imaging how a world-weary person might be dismissive of it, taking one of my “sacred cows” and tipping it over a little.