I don't know, this guy may be right.
What did people do before the invention of "psychology"? It is a modern pseudo-science. The categories they create for mental "illness" are based on subjective observation. In some ways they use the scientific model, like when they're testing new drugs. But, for the most part, psychology is based on opinion, just like politics.
In an industry where a drug is created to "cure" a new "condition" like shyness (and there really is a new drug for shyness)...well, I have to say I really don't trust them.
The more I research nutrition and health the more I'm beginning to believe that most modern "conditions" can be fixed by eating right, exercising and getting enough natural vitamin D from the sun. This also applies to physical ailments.
We know that aspartame causes manic depression, the shakes, headaches, etc. The list is huge. We know that if you give kids sugar they become hyper, so parents send their kids to school with a bowl of high fructose genetically modified corn syrup called cereal, then they're surprised when the kid's teacher labels them adhd.
The drug companies have increased profits so much in the last 30 years that they spend more money on advertising than research.
I saw another article earlier today talking about a contemporary of Freud and how he thought that the nose somehow related to genitalia. Here is a quote:
In 1897, for example, German physician Wilhelm Fliess published a treatise called “The Relations Between the Nose and the Female Sexual Organs from the Aspect of Biology.” In it, Fliess expanded on an idea he’d been developing for some time, the “nasogenital reflex.”
Perhaps with the bias of his field — he was what we would now call an ear, nose and throat specialist — Fliess argued that the nose was intimately connected to our genitals and that problems with one could manifest as problems in the other. He identified a region inside the nasal cavity, a bony projection called the nasal inferior turbinate, as being especially influential.
He described a set of symptoms like headaches, aches and pains, breathing difficulties, disordered mood and difficult menstruation in women matching the 28-day female cycle (men had a 23-day cycle, he said), and argued that these symptoms often began in the nose. The result could be a full-on neurosis.
Fliess and his friend Sigmund Freud decided that one could treat the neurosis by huffing cocaine. Freud did so and it seemed to work. Voila! You could treat a genital problem — and the mental illness those problems create — by treating the nose. So Freud had Fliess operate on a woman named Emma Eckstein. Fliess removed Emma’s turbinate bone, but left a wad of gauze behind which created an infection. When the gauze was finally removed, she nearly bled to death. The episode left her disfigured for life.
Shrinks used to give people lobotomies to "cure" them.
When it comes to depression, a certain amount is natural. Without that emotion, we'd have no art. Who is another to judge how much depression or any other emotion is natural or "normal"?
Anybody else ever see the movie by Kids in the Hall, "Brain Candy"?http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116768/
It is a humorous look at the way depression and big-pharma work in today's world.