WSJ : Standing Against Psychiatry’s Crazes

WSJ : Standing Against Psychiatry’s Crazes

“You might have heard this joke: A man in a car gets a call from his wife. “Honey, be careful,” she says. “A car is going the wrong way on the highway.” He replies: “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”

If it were a psychiatrist joke, Paul McHugh, 87, could be that driver. A professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a tenacious skeptic of the crazes that periodically overtake his specialty, Dr. McHugh has often served as psychiatry’s most outspoken critic. Either he’s crazy, or all the other psychiatrists are.

The best-known, and most controversial, decision of his professional life is newly relevant—and recently reversed. In 1979, as psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he shut down the Gender Identity Clinic, which performed sex-change operations. In his view, the hospital had “wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it,” as he wrote in 2004. In 2017 the clinic was reopened as the Center for Transgender Health, performing what it now calls “gender-affirming surgeries.” Its medical-office coordinator, Mellissa Noyes, told me “the demand is massive.”

[Standing Against Psychiatry’s Crazes – WSJ]

[ Reviewed Unto Righteousness Below ]

Abigail Shrier’s opinion piece in the WSJ is spot on.

Those who see Psychology and Psychiatry’s foundational weaknesses are the true counselors. The rest are amateurs that should just mind their own business.

The most pointe point is found in the quote below:

“Dr. McHugh believes psychiatrists’ first order of business ought to be to determine whether a mental disorder is generated by something the patient has (a disease of the brain), something the patient is (“overly extroverted” or “cognitively subnormal”), something a patient is doing (behavior such as self-starvation), or something a patient has encountered (a traumatic or otherwise disorienting experience). Practitioners too often practice what he calls “DSM checklist psychiatry”—matching up symptoms from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with the goal of achieving diagnosis—rather than inquiring deeply into the sources and nature of an affliction.

“I came into psychiatry with the perception that it had not matured as a clinical science in which rational practices are directed by information on the causes and mechanisms of the disorders,” Dr. McHugh says. “Every other medical discipline has that.” He still regards psychiatry as badly in need of “organizing principles.”

[Standing Against Psychiatry’s Crazes – WSJ]

The most righteous point is found in the quote below:

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. – Colossians 2:8

Many are held captive not just to Psychological Philosophy but connected to really bad and self-destructive counselor chains.

Best to “see to it” that no one takes you captive.

For those spiritually inclined there is a reason spiritual powers are creating an atmosphere where the words “hate”, “offense” and “love” are perverted beyond their normal definition. But I leave that explaining for a more fitting time. It is enough to note:

“Most current Johns Hopkins medical students, Dr. McHugh says, won’t talk to him. “They think that my views must be motivated by hatred,” he says, sounding baffled. ” [Standing Against Psychiatry’s Crazes – WSJ]

Psychiatry is fast approaching religious fanaticism.


Timothy Williams

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“Standing Against Psychiatry’s Crazes
In 1979 Dr. Paul McHugh closed the sex-change clinic at Johns Hopkins. In the ’80s he testified against phony ‘recovered memories.’ He hasn’t given up the fight.”

[Standing Against Psychiatry’s Crazes – WSJ]