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Skeptic News: Holocaust wasn’t Nazis… it was psychiatrists

At the weekend members flocked from all over the planet to the home of UK Scientology — the middle-England commuter town of East Grinstead — for the annual address by its leader David Miscavige. There they heard the bizarre declarations of Miscavige — including his insistence that the Holocaust was started not by Nazis but by SHRINKS.
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Psychobabble: Rewriting the bible

Keir Liddle explores some of the issues raised by the BPS in response to the draft revision of the DSM-5 recently released. Continue reading

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Psychobabble: Curing homosexuality?

Psychiatry and Homosexuality have had a troubled relationship in the past, with homosexuality listed as a mental illness until 1975, but since psychiatry corrected this mistake organisations on the religious right have taken up the batton to try and cure homosexuality which they claim is “unnatural”. Continue reading

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Bad Argument of the Week XIII

This week, Peter Hitchens has written in the Daily Mail suggesting that prescription antidepressants may be the underlying cause of tragic events such as that which was witnessed in Cumbria this week. This, of course, is stupid. Continue reading

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Bad Argument of the Week XI

Janet Street Porter wins this week’s Bad Argument award for her startlingly ignorant and arrogant views on mental health issues. Continue reading

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Serotonin, Drugs and Depression

Depression is sometimes referred to as a “chemical imbalance”, suggesting that depression has a biological basis and can be treated pharmacologically. One of the hypothesis for a chemical imbalance being at the root of depression is the “Serotonin hypothesis” but how does that stack up when you look at the evidence? Continue reading

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