constantineua (constantineua) wrote,

Will and psychiatry / Воля и психиатрия

This is a protest of nowadays way of behaving and an attempt to improve it.

During centuries people feared and attacked those who were not similar to them. First they were excommunicated and died because excommunication equaled death before 15th century (in Russia - before 19th). Then they were burnt like a witches. The "psychiatry" came next. First it was mix of excommunication with some supplemental function - for example, entertainment, like in London "Bedlam" Nazi scientific research or political abuse of psychiatry (USSR in 60s-80s). Now it is very crusty and traditional field of practical knowledge absorbed all things that were proved by ages and added some new.

It strongly depends of society itself. If society is corrupted and double-thinking like in many developing countries then psychiatry will be more harmful to people with strong moral believes. 

How can corrupted by power "medics" in any cultural background be judges and make decisions on peoples lives?

And how could the same rules be applied to different cultural backgrounds (for example, for germans in 19th century and thai people in 21st or vice versa)?

1. I would like you to think of people with unusual strong will (or think too fast, or change ideas too "rapidly" for his psychiatrist, or be "too" brave (or too altruistic)). How would they have been treated by those who chose to step on the way of "healing" human psychic? See addenda (it is the main topic of my article but I would prefer you to think about by yourself). I deliberately cite only oficial proclamations of the main psychiatry bodies to make the criticism more scientific. Sometimes this is hard because some states are considered to be "symptoms" or obsolete sicknesses and do not have formal definitions.

2. Another thing that people often choose to drop in past is children cruelty. How is it possible for humans to be so cruel and so unpunished for that cruelty BY LAW and BY CUSTOM? This surely leads to harm of good nice people. And I do not see any real evolutionary benefit from this - at least, no less than is caused by medicine in sense of saving the lives of those who would be condemned to die soon before giving birth due to some somatic pathology. Should not people direct their efforts not to wars or at least not to "psychiatry" but to establishing good working rules to banish child cruelty?

3. The bigger thing is wars between nations and inefficiency of "governments" partly caused by things mentioned above. But this topic is too big and I will not touch it.

4. Another thing that buggers me is borders. Now people in developed countries - even the ones initially were founded by immigrants - are more and more concerned about incoming illegal workforce. Are not all the people the same? Should not the all be treated equally? Why human and other resources movements meet obstacles when fleeing from not good environment to better one? 

For the purpose of constructiveness I will summarize the things mentioned above accentuating with the first one with an example. Let's suppose that a good kind ("indigo", if you want) child (girl, for consistency) moved from Ukraine to USA and met child cruelty, talks about ongoing wars, raising by governments taxes and eventually due to her wiliness to defend the right way of thinking ("freedom, equality, brotherhood" - not the common hierarchy games, for simplicity) got into the hands of young overpowered male psychiatrist. He will not help her or anybody else. He should be better used to dig the soil in Nebraska or Finland (Syberia, Sumatra, Panama). That's the point.


P.S. Comments are very welcome! Please write if you have what to write.



The following can indicate a delusion:
The patient expresses an idea or belief with unusual persistence or force.
That idea appears to exert an undue influence on the patient's life, and the way of life is often altered to an inexplicable extent.
Despite his/her profound conviction, there is often a quality of secretiveness or suspicion when the patient is questioned about it.
The individual tends to be humorless and oversensitive, especially about the belief.
There is a quality of centrality: no matter how unlikely it is that these strange things are happening to him, the patient accepts them relatively unquestioningly.
An attempt to contradict the belief is likely to arouse an inappropriately strong emotional reaction, often with irritability and hostility.
The belief is, at the least, unlikely, and out of keeping with the patient's social, cultural and religious background.
The patient is emotionally over-invested in the idea and it overwhelms other elements of their psyche.
The delusion, if acted out, often leads to behaviors which are abnormal and/or out of character, although perhaps understandable in the light of the delusional beliefs.
Individuals who know the patient observe that the belief and behavior are uncharacteristic and alien.

The World Health Organization's ICD-10 lists schizoid personality disorder as Schizoid personality disorder.
It is characterized by at least four of the following criteria:
Emotional coldness, detachment or reduced affect.
Limited capacity to express either positive or negative emotions towards others.
Consistent preference for solitary activities.
Very few, if any, close friends or relationships, and a lack of desire for such.
Indifference to either praise or criticism.
Taking pleasure in few, if any, activities.
Indifference to social norms and conventions.
Preoccupation with fantasy and introspection.
Lack of desire for sexual experiences with another person.
It is a requirement of ICD-10 that a diagnosis of any specific personality disorder also satisfies a set of general personality disorder criteria.

In psychiatry, thought disorder (TD) or formal thought disorder (FTD) is a term used to describe incomprehensible language, either speech or writing, that is presumed to reflect thinking. There are different types. For example, language may be difficult to understand if it switches quickly from one unrelated idea to another (flight of ideas) or if it is long-winded and very delayed at reaching its goal (circumstantiality) or if words are inappropriately strung together resulting in gibberish (word salad).

A querulant (from the Latin querulus - "complaining") is a person who obsessively feels wronged, particularly about minor causes of action. In particular the term is used for those who repeatedly petition authorities or pursue legal actions based on manifestly unfounded grounds. These applications include in particular complaints about petty offenses.
Querulant behavior is to be distinguished from either the obsessive pursuit of justice regarding major injustices, or the proportionate, reasonable, pursuit of justice regarding minor grievances. According to Mullen and Lester, the life of the querulant individual becomes consumed by their personal pursuit of justice in relation to minor grievances.
In psychiatry, the terms querulous paranoia (Kraepelin, 1904) and litigious paranoia have been used to describe a paranoid condition which manifested itself in querulant behavior. The terms had until recently largely disappeared from the psychiatric literature, largely because they fell out of fashion after being misused to stigmatise the behavior of people seeking the resolution of valid grievances. In the DSM-IV-TR, "querulous paranoia" is a subtype of the persecutory type of delusional disorder. It also appears in ICD-10 using its Latin name under "Other persistent delusional disorders ".
Nevertheless, according to Lester et. al. querulous behavior remains common, as shown in petitions to the courts and complaints organizations. They state that "persistent complainants’ pursuit of vindication and retribution fits badly with complaints systems established to deliver reparation and compensation [and that] [t]hese complainants damaged the financial and social fabric of their own lives and frightened those dealing with their claims."
Tags: psychiatry, will, воля, психиатрия

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