Friday, February 29, 2008

The Credibility of What You Hear about NPD

I promised a survey of reasons and sources for skepticism about official doctrine on NPD. It is online now at The Credibility of What You Hear about NPD.

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At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for about 20 years now in- and outside psychiatric clinics in Holland and I've often been - and still are- suprised by the lack of coherence between diagnoses made by psychiatrists about the same patients over a certain time.

One example.
A women came in 15 years ago and was diagnosed with schizofrenia and treated accordingly for a few years. With no result. Then someone changed the diagnose in schizo-affective-disorder, treated accordingly: no reuslt. She got very depressed so this went also to the 'A-1' and on A-II the borderline P.D. was added. Treated this way she became even more depressed and virtualy stopt eating til she weight 40 kilo's.
Someone added anorexia-nervosa to the diagnose.
So she ended with 4 diagoses, by differant psychaitrists, treated for all of them with no result at all for about 15 years.
Two years ago some health-care worker got her talking about her past before going to hospital.
She had been severly emotional abused by a -in my eyes- N-mother and sexual abused by her brother for years. She broke when she got abused by a therapist and she lost her best friend by suïcide.
No one ever did their best to realy talk to her and she just believed the docters when they told her what was wrong with her.

Yes, her diagnose was changed again: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all the others were removed. And she got treatment accordingly.
Finaly she started making progress in some healing and building up her completly chattert self-concept.

The sadness of this story -and there are many I could tell- is that patients put much trust in this doctors who often act like Gods who know it all.
Thes doctors donn't tell their patients that psychiatry is just starting science compared to others. There is very little they know for sure.
They are still only in the stage of researching and catogolising symtomps and behavior without any real clue or evidence about the causes like they can with somatic disorders.
They have absolutly no reason to act like Gods who know it all but many do. And their patients, desperate for help, believe them.
Still no one knows exactly what causes schizofrenia, bi-polar-disorder and so on. And no one still has a cure for them; for none off them.
It's all still in the stage of treating symptoms.
Nothing to be ashamed of. Every health-care stared this way (with voodoo..) but it would be a big plus for patients if they all could admitt it and don'nt act like 'know-it-all-Gods'.
That's narcissism with malignant results.

Gerard

 
At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Every health-care stared this way (with voodoo..) but it would be a big plus for patients if they all could admitt it and don'nt act like 'know-it-all-Gods'.
That's narcissism with malignant results."

Hear, Hear!! Great Post! totally agree.

jt B

 

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