A recent study in Neuropsychologica about veterans and brain trauma is a prime example of how medical model thinking and nomothetic research design and analysis wrongly imply: (1) that meaningful human experiences can be best understood by looking at the brain; and (2) that differences between research groups as identified by statistical tests, mean that the class of people in one group share a common characteristic different from the class of people in the other group(s). Unfortunately for the authors of the study, this is not true. First, the follow quotes from the study reveal how meaningful human experiences are falsely reduced to brain structures:...
"I Want To Die"If you are a psychotherapist, counselor, psychoanalyst, and especially if you are a psychiatrist, you have heard variations of this refrain many times, which has soullessly come to be called "suicidal ideation". “I don’t want to live anymore… I want to kill myself… I wish it were all over…," etc. What to do with these laments? Before I address the question, a personal note. I am 74 years old and I’ve been depressed many times. I have never had ETC or pharmacological intervention. I worked on the “depressions” the old-fashioned way. Reflection. Talk. Analysis. Struggle. My bias is that I don’t trust colleagues who claim they have never been depressed. Really? Never depressed? I don’t prescribe ECT either. I’ve witnessed only one ECT administered and that was during my training. OK, I got that off my chest....
October 6-8, 2017
Considering Context in Human Suffering
The Warfighter Advance
ISEPP is sponsoring the Warfighter Advance, a unique and humane program for helping veterans and military deal with traumatic experiences without resorting to the medical model. One of our Board members, Mary Neal Vieten, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The Advance. ISEPP is given a 90-minute spot during each retreat to explain the smoke and mirrors of the mental illness industry. Please take a look at the wonderful work they're doing.