Psychiatry is an instrument of social-control for deviants who aren't in regular jail. In other words, "Society's Sewer". If you deviate from society in any meaningful way and you do not live on your own, expect to meet a psychiatrist at some point in your life.
Metastudies (or studies of studies) have proven antidepressants, for example, to not be clinically significant in the treatment of depression beyond placebo, but their actual effects have been proven to be quite harmful in the long and sometimes short-term.
Meeting a psychiatrist
Not all psychiatrists are horrible people. However, if you ever hint that you have suicidal or homicidal ideation, they have legal authority to lock you up temporarily, or, "temporarily" (and you don't want that, trust us). In fact, they also need no real evidence. Courts in psychiatric in cases are heavily biased towards parents and doctors. It is therefore helpful to record your psychiatric sessions (legally) if you must attend them. And better yet, not attend them at all.
If you are 18 and over and in good health, and you think you may be forced to see a psychiatrist because people want you on drugs... MOVE. MOVE NOW. Get out of your house now with food and clothing and take an uber to a friend's house or a homeless tent setup (not a homeless shelter, those places now employ psychiatry). You may need to leave a note on social media posting that it was a voluntary decision of yours and you are not a missing person. Your former caretakers now have no legal authority to force psychiatry on you, even if they want to lie to do so.
Even being homeless is better than the decades of mental torture that psychiatric drugs can inflict on you.
Psychiatry and incels
Most incels, when trying to describe their psychic pain about social situations, they will usually be labled as either schizophrenic or socially anxious, depending on how much time the psychiatrist wants to spend evaluating their situation. Given the treatment almost never involves improving in the area of romantic relationships, and harmful drugs are instead prescribed (which often make dating harder), your life starts spiriling downward. Psychiatrists sometimes prescribe SSRIs to incels as anaphrodisiacs, even though SSRIs cause anorgasmia, not reduced libido.
Psychiatrists will rarely acknowledge inceldom as it's own problem which causes illness. However, this is not the main reason to avoid psychiatrists. "Involuntary singeldom", or, "incel", is not a cult (any more than determinism is) and we don't have members. Psychiatry is harmful to *everyone*.
But my friend got better?
The placebo effect is extremely powerful. Sham surgeries have in some cases beaten real surgeries in double-blind trials. Mental and physical states are profoundly influenced by the placebo effect, especially those characterized by a lack of hope. You or your friend may have noticed though that the *actual* clinically meaningful effects of psychotropic drugs (what are usually labeled "side effects") are profound and often extremely damaging. Best to just take sugar pill, as those have been proven to work via placebo, *even if you know it's a placebo*.
Antidepressants fail to meet clinical significance beyond placebo in treating depression
In metastudies of the effectiveness of antidepressants, according to the NICE criteria of clinical significance (more than 4+ points on the HAM-D depression rating scale, or HRDS), there is not one metastudy that shows that antidepressants are clinically significant in treating depression beyond placebo.
The latest meta-analysis of anti-depressants, here , shows that when compiling the results of many different studies, antidepressants did not produce more than an equivalent of a 4 point improvement on the HRDS, meaning the antidepressants were not clinically meaningful in treating depression beyond placebo.
A look at Irving Kirsches dataset reveals only clinical significance at the tail end of the very severely depressed (about 10% of patients). Which only yields a 4.28 HRDS decrease. Fournier et. al 2010 also only found about 10% of patients pass the NICE criteria for a clinically significant response to antidepressants . Just half an hour of treadmill walking for 10 consecutive days is sufficient to produce a clinically relevant and statistically significant reduction in depression (reduction of 6.5 points from baseline on HRDS).. The exercise part aside, the point is that meta-analyses do not show a clinically significant response to antidepressants with the exception of maybe the top 10% most severely depressed patients. And for them, exercise would even work better.
The description of the cause of abnormal brain states in psychiatry are based on a pseudoscientific, "monoamine hypothesis", which isn't even considered reputable in top universities anymore. The brain is like a computer, and electrical patterns in your brain's circuitry determine mood. But neurotransmitter pathways are only a very small part of that story, and do not even begin to explain the complexity of our brain circuitry. Synapses are merely the spaces between the circuitry. Trying to figure out how to alter complex electrical activity in the brain (feelings) in a productive manner with neurotransmitter pathways is like trying to figure out the patterns of pipes in your city by yelling into your sink.
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NAMI is the most well-known mental patient patient "advocacy" group in the United States. In reality NAMI is a front-group for drug companies, receiving inordinate amounts of their funding from psychotropic drug companies. The group advocates forced drugging and involuntary commitment. A prominent psychiatrist who was a member of the American Psychiatric Association once resigned from the APA citing the group, "being in bed", with NAMI, and being critical of NAMI's support of forced drugging. NAMI was initially funded by the royalities of a book by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nation's lead advocate of forced psychiatric drugging.
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