British Psychological Society Attacks Psychiatry

According to the Guardian, the British Psychological Society is launching a full frontal attack on the foundations of psychiatry.

There is no scientific evidence that psychiatric diagnoses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are valid or useful, according to the leading body representing Britain’s clinical psychologists.

In a groundbreaking move that has already prompted a fierce backlash from psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society’s division of clinical psychology (DCP) will on Monday issue a statement declaring that, given the lack of evidence, it is time for a “paradigm shift” in how the issues of mental health are understood. The statement effectively casts doubt on psychiatry’s predominantly biomedical model of mental distress – the idea that people are suffering from illnesses that are treatable by doctors using drugs. The DCP said its decision to speak out “reflects fundamental concerns about the development, personal impact and core assumptions of the (diagnosis) systems”, used by psychiatry.


The Guardian also ran an article further exploring the theme, “Does mental illness really exist?” It’s a war that’s long been brewing, and the psychologists have deliberately timed their announcement to coincide with the release of the DSM-V.


1 comment for “British Psychological Society Attacks Psychiatry

  1. May 12, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Yet another reason why I wish I lived in the UK.

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