Posted by

  The Canberra Times, Friday, March 19, 2004
  Medication backed to treat blues
  By Danielle Cronin,
  Health Reporter
  Canberra academics have defended the use of drugs to treat depression after
  a visiting psychologist challenged the popular practice.
  Dr. Dorothy Rowe, who has penned books on depression and was named one of
  the 50 wisest people in Britain, said describing anti-depressants and
  treating depression as physical illness was ineffective. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
and yet it
is the "disease"/ "chemical imbalance" (always needing a "chemical
balancer"/pill) model that prevails in all academic psychology and
psychiatry and all of it and all of academic psychology and psychiatry are
bought and paid for by Big Pharma. What matters is whether there is proof
or not, and there is no proof that ADHD, or depression or a single
psychiatric condition is due to an abnormality within the body or brain,
they are emotional behavioral manifestations to environment in

  But the Australian National University's Centre for Mental Health Research
  acting director Professor Helen Christensen said there was evidence to back
  the use of medication. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
what evidence, Helen?]

  "Research across a range of international studies clearly indicates that
  anti-depressant medication is effective," Professor Christensen said.
  "...I think that people faced with the despair of depression show
  considerable strength in coping with the problem. Certainly the idea that
  people with depression had fundamentally weak characters is totally
  unsupported by the evidence." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
it depends on the circumstances,
and on the adaptability of the individual, but none have a biological

  The ANU centre's depression and anxiety consumer research unit director, Dr.
  Kathy Griffiths, said she was concerned by Dr. Rowe's claims. "I tried a
  range of psychological and non-drug therapies before turning to
  anti-depressant medication for my own depression," she said.  

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Griffiths should know her own experience is proof of nothing]

  Every parent needs it.

        Depression not physical illness, says UK expert
        By Danielle Cronin
        Health reporter March 17, 2004   The Canberra Times, Thursday, March 18, 2004
        Prescribing anti-depressants and treating depression as physical
      illness was
        ineffective, according to a visiting psychologist. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Where has this
breath of fresh air come from?]

        Dr. Dorothy Rowe said the British health community had widely accepted that
        depression and suicide were sparked by the way people saw themselves and the
        But this was not the case in Australia, according to Dr. Rowe, who delivered
        a lecture in Canberra on "Questioning psychiatry: is it science or myth?"

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
not an iota of science--it is religion according to big pharma:
"chemical imbalances" each needing a "chemical balancer"--a

        People interested in the mental health sector packed the ACT Legislative
        Assembly's reception room for the talk hosted by Greens MLA Kerrie Tucker.
        Dr. Rowe, an Australian psychologist, who had lived in Britain since 1968,
        said Australia was a wonderful place.
        "But it has some of the highest rates of depression and suicide,
        particularly among men, in the world," she said.
        "Psychiatrists claim that depression and suicide are the result of a
        chemical imbalance in the brain, but the evidence for this is very

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
simply--none, zero, nada]

        "Moreover, treatment of depressed and suicidal people with
        drugs is not effective."
        Dr. Rowe said the mental health field was loaded with the "language of
        illness" and labels - a student worried about exams is suffering from
        academic disorder or a child grieving for their dead parent has bereavement
        The labels were a matter of opinion and could prove unhelpful, Dr. Rowe
        People who were depressed or suicidal needed to talk about their situation
        with someone who was not involved in their life.
        The key was to build up self-confidence and self-esteem rather than simply
        prescribe medication. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
but psychiatry controlled, wholly by big
pharma, has no interest in the former, all interest in the later. They have
sold out. All they use their medical education for is to weave illusions of
biology, chemistry and medicine where there are none. No medical school
with a committment to ethics should continue training programs in
psychiatry. Psychology reborn, having jettisoned all mention of biology
will suffice.]

        "What the evidence does show is that talking about depression and suicide as
        if they are physical illnesses prevents us from understanding why people
        become depressed and suicidal," she said. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Marvelous. With one's
only understanding of troubled behavior and emotion that of the fictional
"neurobiologic" approach, one is not free to understand their problems as
wholly situational/circumstantial, which is all they are.]

        "If we understand that depression and suicide arise out of the way we each
        see ourselves and the world, we can make the changes necessary in the way we
        think and act so that we can lead happy, fulfilling lives."

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Applause! Applause!]

        The good mental health services provided a wide range of therapies, while
        the bad services were based on injecting medication and locking people up.
        Dr. Rowe's book, 'Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison', is published by
        Brunner-Routledge and distributed by Palgrave Macmillan in Australia.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Dawn, Bob ASPIRE must reach, collaborate with this wonderful
person and her simple, elegant truth--anathema to biological psychiatry and the
pharmaceutical industry]

        This article was published alongside an item on "A new information pack for
        people admitted to ACT psychiatric facilities and their carers". There's a
        media release about that here:

        Every parent needs it.


Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)