Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Cute Psychiatric Word Games

My friend Dean Blehert has been busy looking up words.
Here's his candid report on what psychiatric jargon means: Psychiatric jargon explained.

Read it and you'll be able to withstand the onslaught of psycho-babble that will come at you when you try to point out that drugging 8 million American children might not be a good idea, or that treating post partum depression with drugs might be the wrong tack to take.

Psychs love to talk about the effectiveness of a "double-blind peer-reviewed study" -- they fail to point out that it is usually full of holes and BAD SCIENCE to boot.

The scientific method, as Dean eloquently points out, when used correctly, is used to DISPROVE one's theory, not to prove it. Only if it stands up to an effort to DISPROVE it, are you getting close to doing actual science. The drug companies employ psych "researchers" who work it backwards to try to make their studies make the drugs look like they work.

Like I said - pseudoscience at work.

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