Psychiatry ignores trauma says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

I am a proponent of hollistic well being. Psychiatry alone is not enough and when it is an unfortunate patient’s only option, like it eventually became my brother’s, then DOOM is nearly always guaranteed. We don’t know better and so we quickly turn to them who we think should. They very often don’t know much better than the meds they wanna prescribe for all sorts of reasons, though hardly for the real traymatic reasons behind your depression in the first place. I have sincerely not come across one person wgo didn’t have any “zombie like” side effects from those psychotropic meds. Indeed, such experiences traumatise you and your loved ones more. Hollistic treatments should be the norm if we can be humble enough to understand what is at stake, and also if we can afford it. Hell ass, that threatens big brother pharma!!!

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Yes, please and thank you! 

Of course psychiatry must not just stop ignoring trauma, it must stop retraumatizing the already traumatized. It’s clients. The very vulnerable people who seek help and end up being harmed further. Not only are hospitals and a lot of standard treatment horribly abusive the medications have been found to be further agents of trauma.

It’s also true that coercion, subtle or otherwise, is the rule in psychiatric care and that the United Nations has also declared forced treatment to be a form of torture.

Hallelujah for folks like Bessel van der Kolk and Gabor Mate who are helping bridge the gap between lived experience and academics who are totally missing the boat and causing more harm.

We can heal and we do given the right sort of supports. The mainstream mental illness system isn’t providing them.

From the Big Think youtube channel:

Acclaimed psychiatrist Bessel van…

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