When A Psychologist Or Psychiatrist Or Counsellor Is Not An Expert

Last Updated on 15 July 2021 by Leon Rowan

Way too often, I come across disturbing stories about the failure of mental health professionals.
Here’s such an account of how mental health professionals failed to correctly diagnose, and treat, a psychotic drug addict who then shortly afterward went on to kill a pensioner.
Mother begged for psychotic drug addict son to be sectioned just days before he knifed a pensioner to death
I quote:

Mental health workers refused to section him just four days before the tragedy in April 2007 – despite pleas from his elderly mother, who he had ‘bullied and threatened’.
Despite having previous convictions for violence, experts assured her he was not a risk to himself or others.

Apparently, the ‘experts’ thought that the offender was not a threat.
This kind of disastrous conclusion by so called mental health ‘experts’ is not isolated. We cannot pass it off as some kind of rare instance.
A rational person then is going to have some serious doubts as to the ‘expert’ status of some members of the psychiatric or psychology professions, despite their qualifications and years of study. Indeed, because these disasters are worryingly common, it is no surprise that significant portions of society have little faith in psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors (counsellors), therapists and similar.
In this case, it appears that even people with a modicum of ‘common sense’ would have known that the offender was a severe risk. And that is even without the urging and prompting of the offender’s mother.
For more insight into misdiagnosis by mental health professionals, (I guess I should not call them ‘experts’ now should I?), I suggest that you read up on the Rosenhan experiment.
One of the reasons psychiatrists can prescribe mind-altering drugs is because most (mental health professionals) cannot alter the deep seated thinking underlying mental disorders. Drugs, which can be an effective ‘band aid’ type fix in some cases, are an easy way of giving some people a sense of normalcy. The scope of this article does not include an in-depth exploration of issues surrounding psychiatric drugs – I have mentioned it because it is yet another example of the shortcomings of the mental health ‘sciences’ in assisting people to have a real resolution to their mental health issues.
Years ago, when I had severe mental health issues, I was offered prescribed drugs. I never took them. One reason was because I knew that the drugs would simply mask the real issues and not effect a cure; in fact the drugs would hinder progress. I understood that I needed to destroy the ‘tap roots’ of my mental issues, not cover them up or avoid them. Another reason I refused the drugs is that I had rational grounds for hope concerning another way of resolving my issues.
Simply speaking, people in the community who have mental health issues often have to rely on ‘experts’ who are not real experts and who often cannot provide a real fix to underlying issues, especially if those issues are serious. Many psychologists, for example, will tell you (if they are honest) that they can not fix the deep seated thoughts people have. Yes, they can devise strategies for coping, and sometimes admirably so; however, how much better it is to destroy the underlying problems; which is what I did without their ‘help’.
Keep reading this blog; because I will be writing at length (and producing videos) about how YOU can fix your deep mental health issues – whether they be depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive thoughts and so on.
Why can I do this?
It is remarkably straightforward.
I have been there and done it myself. I have recovered from serious mental health issues and know what works.
Let me illustrate using a simple analogy or metaphor….
If you were in the army and being attacked by a strong enemy force, would you prefer your buddies to be battle hardened combat veterans, or would you opt for inexperienced people fresh out of officer or infantry training school? I know who I would prefer.
Ask yourself why….
One reason will be because a battle hardened combat veteran knows what they are doing due to extensive personal experience.
I am a veteran of overcoming mental health problems and as such can lead others to freedom. I did not learn it all, or most of it, from a book, or course.
So, whom do you want on your team?
More reading:
Why psychology isn’t science – Los Angeles Times
Psychiatry’s insiders revolt against flawed DSM-5
Why it’s truly bonkers to believe in shrinks (Psychiatrists) – A sobering and confronting read about Psychiatry.
Quote from the article:

When Davies confronted Professor Sue Bailey, head of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, she was frighteningly honest and virtually chucked in the towel: ‘When you go into a profession where you want to help people, and you don’t have the tools to help them, the temptation is to medicalise them.’

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