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Mental Illness – glossary

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Men's Health — Julie @ 8:24 am Mon 5th June 2006

Psychiatry: This word comes from two other words. Psyche (meaning mind/soul) and iatreia (meaning cure). Psychiatry is a branch of medicine and psychiatrists treat people, using drugs and other physical methods, to change the way people act and feel.

Psychology: This word is also derived from two other words. Psyche (meaning mind/soul) and logia (meaning study of). Psychology tries to explain why people act, think and feel the way they do.

Mental Illness: A sickness of the brain according to psychiatrists and psychologists, but for which there is no proof at all of its existence. This does not mean that problems don’t exist, or that a person can never feel bad, but there is no evidence that these are caused by a sickness of the brain.

Brain: A physical organ inside the head that sends and receives messages through the nervous system. It is a physical part of the body, just as an arm, leg or the heart is. It has little to do with thinking. It can physically tell the body that something is hot and warn against touching it, but it doesn’t make decisions for you or tell you how to act.

Mind: “A part of the person that knows and thinks and feels and wishes and chooses,” the World Book Dictionary says. It is a running record of a person’s past, almost like a movie.

Psychiatric Drugs: Mind- and brain-altering drugs. They are not like normal medicine. Some can be just as addictive as illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. They cannot cure or heal a person. They may appear to relieve the person’s fears, upsets or depression, but they do not cure the underlying cause.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A list of behaviors that
psychiatrists declare are problems, such as: has too little attention, is too active, fidgets, squirms, and, therefore, is not “normal.” Note that there is no scientific or medical proof to support either the existence of the disorder or the validity of a diagnosis.

Learning Disorder: A list of symptoms that psychiatrists say shows a person will have difficulty being able to learn. Note that there is no scientific or medical proof to support either the existence of the disorder or the validity of a diagnosis.

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3 Responses to “Mental Illness – glossary”

  1. JohnP says:

    Note my previous comment on the fight for kids organisation.

  2. New Zeal says:

    Mental Illness

    Both dementia and shizophrenia are accompanied by visible physiological symptoms in brain scans involving deterioration of brain cells. They can both be correctly labeled mental illnesses.

    I would agree with you that depression is not a mental illness, there is no detectable symptom in the brain, and it is probably more a function of how the brain is being used in association with the body.

    There are some kids whose behaviour gets so out of hand that Ritalin becomes a life saver for parents. But I would concur, that other treatments such as changing family dynamics should also be included.

    Unless you are a psychological health professional you need to be careful what you say.

  3. KevinOwen says:

    If you look at the Online Video [Psychs False Diagnoses]on my Web Site you will see that brain scans and their images are just a big con and have no validity

    I would agree with you that the Medical Model treats the Brain
    [organ]and knows nothing about Soul and Mind even though the definition of Psychiatry and Psychology mean treatment and study of the soul.

    Let me know if you have any questions

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