Saturday, October 22, 2005

They F*** You Up

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1598133,00.html

Extracts from an article by Oliver James, in the Guardian, 22 October 2005:

(Oliver James trained and worked as a clinical psychologist. He is the author of They F*** You Up - How to Survive Family Life.)

The psychiatric establishment is about to experience an earthquake that will shake its intellectual foundations. When it has absorbed the juddering contents of the latest edition of one of its leading journals, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, it will have to rethink many of its most cherished assumptions...

The fact that some two-thirds of people diagnosed as schizophrenic have suffered physical or sexual abuse is shown to be a major, if not the major, cause of the illness...

The cornerstone of Read's tectonic plate-shifting evidence is the 40 studies that reveal childhood or adulthood sexual or physical abuse in the history of the majority of psychiatric patients...

There is now a vast body of evidence that early infantile deprivation and erratic or unresponsive care as a toddler make adults more vulnerable to depression and personality disorder -a close diagnostic relative to schizophrenia. See my (Oliver James) book They F*** You Up - How to Survive Family Life...

Rates of schizophrenia vary as much as 16-fold around the world, as does its course. It is less common in developing nations and tends to last much longer and be more severe in rich, industrialised nations compared with poor, developing ones...


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