Humanizing Psychiatrists – Toward a Humane Psychiatry Interview with Author Dr. Niall McLaren M.D.

“Humanizing Psychiatrists – Toward A Humane Psychiatry” is Dr. Niall McLaren’s latest book. It is his third book and a follow up to the first two, “Humanizing Madness” and “Humanizing Psychiatry”. Dr. McLaren is a psychiatrist from Australia who is on his own crusade to educate people about what he calls, “psychiatry unleashed” in reference to biopsychiatry – the Pharma-motivated pseudo-science of mental illness as a “brain disorder”. In this second interview with Dr. McLaren  Life and Mental Health Coach, A.J. Mahari, host of the Psyche Whisperer Radio Show talks some more about the state of psychiatry today along with Dr. McLaren’s latest book.

Dr. McLaren is a critic of psychiatry, his own profession, but he is not anti-psychiatry. He questions much of what is going on in psychiatry today – the biopsychiatric model of psychiatry – and in his books he puts forward his own model of a more humane psychiatry.

Dr. Niall McLaren, who prefers to be called Jock, has been an M.D. and practicing psychiatrist since 1977. Since then, he has undertaken a far-reaching research program, some of which has previously been published. He has also extensively studied philosophy. For six years, while working in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, he was the world’s most isolated psychiatrist. He is married with two children and lives in a tropical house hidden in the bush near Darwin, Australia.

 Dr. McLaren’s website can be found at niallmclaren.com

Dr. McLaren describes his work this way on his YouTube Channel:

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“I write philosophical papers on the status of psychiatry and have now published three books which summarise my work. These show that modern psychiatry does not have a rational basis and therefore fails as a science. It is the only medical specialty that doesn’t have a rational model of the nature of the disorders it treats.
 
I’ve also shown how a proper model of mental disorder should be assembled, starting with a partial resolution of the mind-body problem. This leads to a rational model of mental disorder, and thence to forms of treatment.
 
My work shows that biological psychiatry is not scientific and never can be. This includes modern drug management, the emphasis on the physical and chemical state of the brain, as well as the entire system of classification of mental disorders in DSM-IV and will soon appear in DSM-5.
 
Strangely enough, my colleagues don’t like being told they are not practicing a scientific form of psychiatry. I don’t understand that. Science progresses by criticising the prevailing model, but orthodox psychiatry does its best to suppress critical work.”
 

Does Psychiatry have a future?

“Assailed from many directions, under constant attack for its reliance on “a drug for all problems” and increasingly unable to attract bright new trainees, the specialty is showing every sign of terminal decline. The reason is simple: modern psychiatry has no formal model of mental disorder to guide its daily practice, teaching and research. Unfortunately, the orthodox psychiatrists who control this most conservative profession are utterly antagonistic to criticism. Despite the evidence, they maintain a blind faith that “science will deliver the goods” by a biological examination of the brain.

Humanizing Psychiatry argues that their faith is entirely misplaced and is contributing to the destruction of an essential part of civilized life, the fair and equitable treatment of people with mental disorders. Author Niall McLaren offers a rational model of mental disorder within the framework of a molecular resolution of the mind-body problem. Fully developed, this model will have revolutionary consequences for psychiatry–and the mentally-afflicted.” – Irene Watson on Author’s Den

Visit Dr. McLaren’s YouTube Channel to watch parts 3 and 4 of this video lecture series.

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