Unscientific Diagnoses Medicalize Normal Human Experiences

In this 30-minute podcast, Peter Simons reports on the latest scientific articles in psychiatry. The goal is to provide more detail than is usually found in conventional research news and to help listeners understand how to interpret the findings.

Articles covered in this podcast include:

  • A piece by renowned researcher Kenneth Kendler that concludes that the notion that any psychiatric theories actually “correspond to reality” is “implausible” and reveals the failure of psychiatry to locate any neurobiological origins for mental health problems;
  • A piece by sociologist Joseph E. Davis that refers to the biomedical model as a philosophical “dead end” because it prevents people from perceiving—and trying to resolve—the social and environmental causes of their problems;
  • A book chapter that critiques the medicalization of grief as a psychiatric disorder and explores the cultural biases of the psychiatrists who become “the agent[s] of the culture that polices grief”;
  • A review article that demonstrates how the pharmaceutical industry co-opted feminist messages to push ineffective drugs for low sexual desire in women;
  • And more!

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Unscientific Diagnoses Medicalize Normal Human Experiences