Naomi Judd’s Words Were an Appeal to the Medical Establishment. When Are They Going to Listen — And Act?
A previous post explored the psychologization of physical disorders, particularly those of a sexual nature. What that means is that dysfunctions that have a biological cause are misattributed to psychosocial causes, such as trauma, abuse, cultural conditioning, family dynamics and internal psychological and emotional hang ups. NASNIcares has been sharply critical of general medicine for permitting the psychosocial psychiatry cohort to lay claim to so-called diseases or disorders of the mind — cooperating with and promoting the psychologization of neurologic phenomenon.
Psychologization, when deeply rooted in orthodoxies and dogmas of the medical establishment, results in psychological harm, inappropriate “treatments” and stagnation in scientific research.
Tragically, the world lost Naomi Judd recently to suicide. The media reports that she had struggled for many years with mental health issues, specifically what is known as depression.
Do You know that the term ‘Mental Health’ is a metaphor? As such, ‘mental health’ issues are not medical or biological in nature. The term ‘mental’ refers to the mind (an abstract thing). The term ‘health’ in this context is a way of expressing the idea of unwellness — just as a business entity can be in a state of financial unwellness. An abstract thing cannot be medically ill except in a metaphorical sense.
Did you know that the term ‘Mental Health’ is a metaphor?
The term Depression has powerful psychosocial connotations. Most of us think of depression as being caused by something in a person’s life that has wounded them emotionally and driven the person into a state of despair. Yet, the medical condition known as “depression” can encroach upon someone that experienced none of these emotionally scarring life experiences.
This is What Naomi Judd is quoted as having said about “depression”
For everyone mourning the death of someone who committed suicide, an inevitable question arises: Why did this happen? Unfortunately, we don’t have very good answers,” wrote the musician at the time. “We do know that suicidal behavior accompanies many behavioral brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Suicide is actually one of the leading causes of preventable death among these mental illnesses.”
“To understand this issue better, we have to bring the study of suicide into mainstream neuroscience and treat the condition like every other brain disorder,” continued the note. “People who commit suicide are experiencing problems with mood, impulse control and aggression, all of which involve discrete circuits in the brain that regulate these aspects of human experience, but we still don’t understand how these circuits go haywire in the brains of suicide victims.”
Many people do not have the powers of insight that Naomi Judd within their subjective experience. They are told they have a “mental health” disorder or so-called mental illness, and they go on to live their lives, accepting those labels without comprehending that the root of their dysphoric state is biological, sometimes ending their suffering as Naomi Judd did. They consult so-called clinical psychologists and other “mental health professionals”, as they “battle their demons” (as we so often hear it described by the media). Society perceives their conditions as some type of crisis of the soul that begs for therapy. Yet, this writer wonders if Naomi Judd knew that at one time, Neurology and so-called Psychiatry were not separate and distinct disciplines.
There was a historical development known as the ‘Split Between Neurology and Psychiatry’.
Most historical accounts point to Sigmund Freud as the instigator of the split. While his contemporaries were investigating various hypothesis of the biological genesis of such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, and what is now described as “depression”, Freud, according to one source, focused on what his patients spoke rather than how they spoke. He abandoned his attempts to construct an anatomic-physiologic model of the mind and instead, developed the psychoanalytic theory.
As Freud and Adolf Meyers (often “credited” with starting the troublesome Mental Hygiene Movement…the precursor of today’s Mental Health Awareness movement) propagated their believes through professionalization, academicization, and sociopolitical forces, psychologization became deeply rooted into our societal consciousness. Today, we hear about major “depression” being felt physically, oftentimes in glib sanitized big pharma ads, but in a misconceptualized sense of the experience of “depression” being psychosocial. Pharmaceutical scientists know full well that their medications are treating neurogenic so-called depression, not psychosocial depression, but they are not in the business of tearing down the infrastructure of fallacies that psychosocial psychiatry built…they are in the business of selling pharmaceuticals.
The psychosocial psychiatry cohort of the medical profession known as psychiatry condemns “biological reductionism” and the extremists among them bridge the span between what is known as biopsychosocial to an absolutist rejection of the idea that so-called major depression is a neurobiological disorder.
There are medical doctors with the credential of psychiatrist that do not subscribe to the misguided beliefs of many of their colleagues, but they show no interest in dismantling the lexicon and classification crisis that perpetuates psychologization. This writer has never uncovered content published by a psychiatrist that manifests any awareness whatsoever that there needs to be differential terminology that distinguishes psychosocial (reactive) depression from the neurological phenomenon that causes crushing dysphoric states of consciousness and disordered mentation.
It is unknown to this writer if the “depression” that afflicted Naomi Judd was of the order that is experienced by people diagnosed with “bipolar” (a so-called mood disorder…another term that is deeply problematic), but Bipolar Expert Julie Fast describes the suicide caused by this type of medical condition as “A Different Type of Suicide”. This is your brain telling you to kill yourself. What she is describing is a neurological phenomenon — not an act of succumbing to a torment caused by adverse life circumstances. Many or perhaps most people cannot process this distinction.
General medicine, however, can process the difference, but shows no interest in codifying it by reclassification and reconstruction of the language and concepts of academic medicine. Abstracting from one source…medical opinion and impotence played a crucial role in allowing the idea of so-called mental illness to take root and propagate. This is speaking of the discipline of general medicine, which in these times, continues to indulge psychosocial psychiatry in its harmful ideologies, conceding to its unscientific beliefs and codifying them with the ridiculous construct of so-called primary psychiatric.
General Medicine needs to take responsibility and purge psychosocial psychiatry out of credentialled specialties of medicine. Psychiatry is not equipped to cure itself. To the medical establishment, this writer calls upon you to see to the realization of Naomi Judd’s entreaty. Do not let her words follow her to the grave.
Some advocates in this writer’s network hold the position that no doctor of medicine should be called a psychiatrist. The credential of Neuropsychiatrist is a step in the right direction, but with the psychosocial baggage attached to psychiatry and how it is perceived by the general public, it would be best to institute another medical specialty that is fully integrated with neurology — with no reference to the troubled legacy of psychiatry whatsoever. Abandon the fallacy of so-called primary psychiatric, abandon the absurd notion of “mental illness” (another metaphor), and establish a differential terminology for the neurogenic condition now known as major “depression”.
Advances in neuropsychiatry are increasing our understanding of brain-behavior relationships. With this knowledge, the classification of illnesses as psychiatric and neurologic appears increasingly out dated…jscimedcentral.com