Need a Psychiatric Diagnosis by a KwaZulu-Natal Psychiatrist?
It is important to understand that psychiatry consists, not of methods of healing, but of brutal practices that no decent medical professional would ever call treatment. As author Edward Shorter
stated in A History of Psychiatry
, psychiatrists have had "a rather poor reputation among their medical colleagues as the dull and the second rate." Despite massive funding increases, KwaZulu-Natal psychiatrists have failed to define, let alone cure, the causes of mental problems.
While it appears modern day psychiatry is scientific, it still messes around with brutal psychiatric treatments and a complete absence of any systematic approach to mental health. The lack of any real scientific system for diagnosing mental illness by psychiatrists and psychologists for mental problems contributes to psychiatry's bad reputation. A psychiatric evaluation in KwaZulu-Natal by a psychiatrist doctor is purely nothing except dangerous guesswork at the expense of their KwaZulu-Natal mental health patients.
How Does a KwaZulu-Natal Psychiatrist Diagnose Mental Disorders?
Psychiatrists in KwaZulu-Natal and across South Africa use a list of so-called mental disorders to compare with or judge against a patient. The most common list of disorders used for psychiatric diagnosis is a book called the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In 1952 the DSM contained only 112 mental disorders but the number of disorders has increased dramatically to 374 in 1994, and is still on the rise today. WHY?
A study published in April 2006 by university public health researchers, disclosed that every psychiatric expert involved in the development of the mood disorders listed in the DSM-IV - before or after the book was published - had financial ties with drug companies. This report was the first to officially document the wide-ranging monetary conflict of interest between psychiatrists, the pharmaceutical companies, and other mental health personnel responsible for the development of the manual. In effect, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a grab bag of billing items for the mental health industry.
What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Assessments in KwaZulu-Natal
Represented as diagnostic tools, the DSM or other similar lists of "mental disorders" are not only used to diagnose mental illness and prescribe treatment in KwaZulu-Natal, but also to determine child custody disputes, discrimination cases based on alleged psychiatric disability, support testimony in court, modify school education and much more. Yet this diagnostic system has no science in it despite monstrous sums of KwaZulu-Natal taxpayer's money being poured into psychiatry in South Africa. If you receive a psychiatric assessment by a KwaZulu-Natal psychiatrist and then visit another psychiatrist in KZN, chances are both psychiatric doctors will give different evaluations and prescribe different treatments. Psychiatrists and psychologists base their evaluations on what they believe is wrong with a patient and NOT on any scientific cause. They treat a list of symptoms and NOT real causes.