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This was the experiment in 70s America where healthy false patients were planted into mental hospitals and they couldn't tell the difference, disproving they had any skill to define mental illnesses. Described here in an article on the layman's test of reasonability towards claims of expertise. The type of questions needed against all the stuff they did to you www.raggeduniversity.co.uk/2015/06/13/appeal-to-the-man-on-the-clapham-omnibus-by-alex-dunedin/
August 2, 2016 at 4:55 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Just read the wiki entry for the Rosenhan Experiment.  I didnt read the link sorry.....  I will try and get back to the link somtime in order to see e actly what you have commented on.  For now Ive satisfied my curiosity with Wikipedia.

Very interesting!

Honestly though, to me it kind of makes sense.  Im glad they did this.  Its suprising given the results that we dont hear more about this work..  I wonder how much more in the wY of this sort of study has been conducted.

Somthing tells me that because society has alterior motives for the continuation of an inneffective and often innacurate mental health diagnostic system, I dont think that we are going to see any changes to the status quo even if there was an effort to reawaken this sort of critical analysis of physchiatrys effectiveness and medical relevance? 

March 27, 2017 at 4:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The assumption is that the medical profession has a knowledge of various conditions but the realty is that we have to self diagnose and take this, initially, to our GPs whom know nothing of any use. Then of course is the massive wait for the referral. My point is that experiment was over 40 years ago revealing a startling result and yet nothing seems to have been put into practice. I can spot an ASSSperson a mile off and yet GPs on £110,000 a year have a cruel lack of knowledge. A year ago I asked my new GP for help as I felt isolated so she googled Aspergers and printed off a page and that was her going overboard to help ( I've got a computer) The bottom line is that it is about prescribing antidepressants and earning the commission for pushing certain brands. The higher functioning of us can self help but my heart goes out to those who need help but have no support. Big Pharma isn't interested in producing quality of life, it is all money and justifying positions in professions. I am very ASD and spent a week in a psychiatric ward for"observations " where 4 junior psychologists attempted to diagnose me w4 different conditions.
July 9, 2017 at 1:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Sorry for the above "typos". I typed it on this mobile and my fingers are too fat.
July 9, 2017 at 1:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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