Where is the scientific evidence that psychiatry says it has?

is my way right just because I say it is? So if the answer to that is no or yes, does it make psychiatry any more right when they are just the same human beings that I am when they give the world their oppinions based on false and half completed research?
Answers:    I have seen several psychiatrists in my life and I think most of them are just pill pushers. I was never offered any type of therapy at all. It is a big money racket as they charge a huge fee for their consultation which for the most part is questions from them without any real answers for you. What is your diagnonsense? I think Lisa on Girl Interrupted hit the nail on the head.
from what u meant that anybody can be a psythiatrist?u r wrong,he's special in this line where he must go thru theories n sit 4 the exam.he's much better than anybody after all.
The first book I recommend you check out is the DSM-IV TR. The letters stand for Diagnostic Statistical Manual, 4th Edition/Text Revision. It is expensive, so you might want to peruse one at Borders or Barnes & Noble or do a 'net search.

A lot of research is on-going in this field, which is why we are up to the 4th edition.

I work in the field and haven't come across any of the false and half completed research you mention. If you have specific questions/issues this is a great forum to discuss them.

Often people have issues with a loved one being diagnosed and call that "labelling" -- I can tell you that in my professional experience, it is not about putting a label on a person, but if we can identify WHAT is going on with them (the correct diagnoses) then we help them.

In my opinion, the vast majority of people are not diagnosable; we just have our own quirks. But for those who are diagnosable, it helps that all of the providers are on the same page. The goal is to help the person, not inflate a professional's ego.
Well, most of the evidence is in peer-reviewed scientific journals. You can find them on PubMed or Google Scholar, or at a library.

Now on to your specific requests...

1. Schizophrenia:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...
Those are just from the past 6 months. There are hundreds of studies about this if you bother to look before leaping to the conclusion that they don't exist.

Depression:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...
Again, there are hundreds more studies on this if you take a minute to look for them.

Sorry, but there aren't too many papers written on "major mental illnesses" in general, so I can't search for that one for you. If you have any other specific psychatric disorders you're interested in, then try typing them into PubMed or Google Scholar.

2. Most psychiatric illnesses are diagnosed primarily based on behavioral or congnitive assesments, which are just as valid as many of the tests used to diagnose physical illnesses. Until you can show me evidence of why preformance on cognitive tasks is not a valid indicator of neurological function, or why a patient's report of mood is not a valid indicator of mood, you don't get to arbitrarily decide that a catagory of diagnostic tests are invalid simply because you want them to be.

3. Virtually all published clinical studies compare a treatment group to a control group. A control group is normal. So look at any published clinical study demonstrating any neurobiological abnormalities associated with any psychiatric disorder and you'l find your baseline for that aspect of normal neurobiology.

4. If you can show me evidence that Tylenol makes a sprained ankle stop hurting by fixing the underlying cause, then I'll consider your argument. Until then, treating the symptoms is a perfectly valid approach.

5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...

6. See above for evidence that certain drugs are proven to decrease the likelyhood of violence, which is a good indicator that they don't increase that risk. Of course that's not true of all drugs. But you should look up the side effects of some treatments for non-psychiatric illnesses sometime.
...I say the "Moon" is made of "green-cheese"... do you have any proof that it is not...? ummmmmm ?
I think most of them are pill pushers not just them but doctors in general cause they make maoney when they prescrible those pills. This is how we have peope being addicted to drugs in this country and it is very sad.
sorry i cannot answer all your questions, but i would like to say one thing. if psychiatrists are giving opinions based on false and half completed research, they are doing a good job.. in 1970 i worked in a large mental health facility that had over 2400 patients in it. today because of psychiatry, and medications, and follow up the hospital is down to 400, the answer to your question, about violence , can be addressed by saying that our hospital had a ward for the crimiley insane, and we had some schizophrenic people that killed other people because of their illness, and once were given medication the violence stopped and eventually returned to the community. violence , however, is not the norm for people with schizophrenia. i say your way is not right, because it is misinformed information, but you have made some good points. most mental illness is based on the symptoms that a person provides, and unfortunately their are no tests such as blood tests. however there is research being done to study the brain function, of people with mental illness, and so far they can see that people with mental illness, have abnormal brain activity. i do agree psychiatry is not an exact science, and has room for improvement, but it has come a long way. hope this shed some light on you questions.
I think your call to responsible psychiatric therapy is an apt one; however, it is my opinion that brain chemistry is subtly (or quite) different between individuals, and a drug that affects one person well will cause bad side effects or unforeseen effects on another. The trend I see in daily life is for more children taking medication, mainly for ADHD. Most of the children I have seen take this medication become little more than zombies and they cannot maintain long streams of thought or conversation either before or after the meds. It has been suggested that there is a strong environmental factor in creating an ADHD child; it would seem that the surge in diagnosed ADHD in today's children can either be seen as a shift in the practice of psychiatry itself or an indicator of a serious social problem born of the busy modern lifestyle and concomitant changes in child-rearing practices. The fact that life must be maintained at a faster rate for the adult members of society suggests that symptomatic or "quick fixes" are the order of the day and that only those who have the time and funds for followup will actually get the therapy they need to supplement the medication that suppresses the undesired effects.

In all, this is a complex problem and an indictment of the whole medical profession and the governmental oversight of the health care system, which, even when I was a child, was more focused on emergency care (i.e. fixing the barn door after the horses are gone) than on prevention. The new wave of mental diseases, quick treatments and subsequent complications seem to be a progression of this problem.

It might be drawn in parallel to the diet pill phenomenon. It is so much easier to pop an amphetamine or anti-absorption pill than to change one's eating and exercise habits. It takes less time and gives a quicker fix. But it masks the problem and creates a larger one. thus it is with psychiatric medication in many cases (not all). I know a few people who benefit from taking psychotropic medication, but it is my opinion that cognitive behavioral therapy would do just as well or better for most of the people who are stuck on antidepressants and mood stabilizers. However, since I am not a medical professional, my opinion won't count for much.

I can say that Tylenol is an agonist (acts upon) of the synthetic pathway of prostaglandins (chemicals that tell the body that it is in pain) at a different point than aspirin or ibuprofen and thus is slightly different in metabolism and may benefit some while having no effect on others. To me, Tylenol is a placebo; to others, it works in its intended manner. This points up the complexity of biological systems, even between individuals and underlines the danger of blanket diagnosis of just about anything.

In closing, I think the main mandate for psychiatry would be to be more responsible in the prescribing of drugs to individuals, simply because diagnoses are often tricky and the individual quirks of one person might cause adverse reactions where none should be. IMO, the category of "side effect" should be studied as hard as the main effect, as these are variables in the genetic code and expression between individuals. Also environmental factors must be taken into account; instead of saying simply that a disease has a completely neurochemical basis, one should look at environmental factors and devise protocol for changing this possibly ROOT cause of many mental complaints.
How stupid. It is where you must go to find it!
For a variety of reasons, psychiatrists think they have all the answers for any person send to them to be analyzed. I have worked around this type of environment. Some patients do need direction and others are playing the psychs to get the right kind of medications that will keep them on a high while receiving a lot of attention.

In many cases the psychs are more creative and imaginary than the PhD administering the treatment.
WOW!
I have found that .shrinks..just feed me back my own words.And call it information.like I won't notice that it is the exact thing I just said to them.I have to be .shrunk.once in a while for my job. But I think that we should leave the shrinking to the shrinks, and when laypeople start making diagnosis...then there is trouble.
I LOVE your feedback,even though I didn't read it ( you put a lot of energy into it ).

I studied psychology for four years : the result was I used to wear a t-shirt that said " WHY BE NORMAL?"

Authorities govern what is " normal " . Normal is according to what the LIES THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN TELLING US TO TRY TO CONTROL US !

A right mind is not GOVERNED by the NATURAL things around us.

WHO was the one (s) that designated sane and insane ? Personally I believe MOST of the so called SANE people is REALLY insane.

If you really want a MIND BENDER check out my 360.
I went through rehab and fought this very fight tooth and nail,heres what I settled on.
You take what options and advice in psychology that apply to you,the rest is bullshit.What seems silly to you,may not for the next person,and sometimes you gain insight from the what ifs, even when common sense says youll never use the dribble they say to you

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