Denying you have a chemical imbalance is Anosognosia. Really?
"To sum up, we are told that the brain damage called "anosognosia" converts a legally competent person who rejects psychiatric help into a psychiatrically disabled patient who needs coerced treatment for his own benefit." (Coercion as Cure, Thomas Szasz, 2007 AD, p 22)
Psychiatry damages society and individuals
1. Schizophrenics who deny they are physically sick and refuse to take psychiatric drugs, is considered proof to psychiatrists you are another disease called: Anosognosia
2. When the insane deny they are "sick" psychiatrists claim this, itself is another disease called, "anosognosia".
3. Yet this anosognosia can be applied to the psychiatrist himself, since he also has no idea what the problem is, scientific data to confirm it.
4. In this way, psychiatrists also suffer from a diagnostic anosognosia because they are in denial about their own failures to correctly diagnose a mental illness.
A. Biopsychiatrists believe Anosognosia is caused by brain damage:
1. "The physical illness (some mental illness) of their brain has affected the part of the brain that governs self- awareness. They are biologically unable to understand that they are sick and need treatment." (A Lesson from Minnesota and California, Torrey, E. E, The Catalyst, Jan-Feb, 2001 AD, p. 3)
2. "Anosognosia (impaired awareness of illness)...is the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications. This impaired awareness of illness is caused by damage to specific parts of the brain, and affects approximately 50 percent of individuals with schizophrenia and 40 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder.... People with impaired awareness of illness may not recognize that they are ill. Instead, they believe their delusions are real...and that their hallucinations are real.... Impaired awareness of illness is the same thing as lack of insight. The term used by neurologists is "anosognosia," which comes from the Greek word for disease (nosos) and knowledge (gnosis)." (Recovery and Coercion: Reconciling Two Hotbutton Terms, Zdanowicz, M. T., Catalyst, Spring 2006, pp. 1, 4-7, p. 6)
3. "Anosognosia bears a striking resemblance to the type of poor insight we have been discussing [such as occurs in some patients with strokes].... Like neurological patients with anosognosia, they [seriously mentally ill patients] appear rigid in their unawareness, ... The bottom line to all of this research is that more likely than not, a broken brain is creating barriers to insight and acceptance of treatment in mentally ill persons you're trying to help. There are two immediate ways in which you can use this knowledge to benefit your loved one and yourself. First, when faced with the frustration of trying to convince her to get help, remember the enemy is brain dysfunction, not the person." (I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! Helping the Seriously Mentally Ill Accept Treatment: A Practical Guide for Families and Therapists, Amador, X., with Johanson, A-L., 2000AD, p. 198)
1. "To sum up, we are told that the brain damage called "anosognosia" converts a legally competent person who rejects psychiatric help into a psychiatrically disabled patient who needs coerced treatment for his own benefit." (Coercion as Cure, Thomas Szasz, 2007 AD, p 22)
2. Biblical Psychiatry law #7: Law of Diagnostic Anosognosia Relativism (DAR) EDS-7.7.7.DAR: The insane reject the diagnosis of the psychiatrist and deny claims they have a chemical imbalance because they know all behaviour, including the psychiatrist's is plotted on the same bell curve.
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