The mind, individual consciousness, is a small part of the universal consciousness. Brain is not the seat of the human mind. So the mind can neither be confined to the brain nor treated with psychiatric drugs
"The purpose of education is to convert an empty mind into an open one." - Malcolm Forbes
Where is the mind? Never mind! It cannot, of course, be confined to the brain. The mind, individual consciousness, is a small part of the universal consciousness. Recent studies have more than confirmed that consciousness cannot be a manifestation of the human brain. That is the reality says Mayo Clinic neurology Emeritus Professor, David Wiebers. I have been saying that for decades. Quantum physics has confirmed the above conclusion. I was always arguing that most psychiatric drugs do more harm than good since they only affect the brain and not the mind.
Now there is an extensive debate on the topic, which took place in King's College, London and published in the British Medical Journal. The prime mover of this debate was a world renowned medical researcher, basically an internist who now is the director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, Peter Gotzsche. His thrust of the argument was that while psychiatric drugs have "minimal good effect" they do maximum damage in terms of suicides and death. A recent estimate showed that in the western countries alone psychiatric drugs result in at least 500,000 deaths a year. It could be more than that.
The debate reported in the BMJ had two people arguing for psychiatry drugs were John Crase, a psychiatric patient and Allan Young, a young doctor who admits to have very heavy financial ties to the companies selling psychiatric drugs. Rest of them was all against those drugs. (BMJ, 2015; 350 (may12 7): h2435 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.h2435
Gotzsche's article in the BMJ gives so many warnings:
most psychiatric drug trial reports are not reliable.
the good effects reported are not reliable also as most of the patients in the trials were already on some other drugs and it takes a week or so for their effect to wear off slowly but by then the new drug looks good as the patient was going on a craze for another drug.
most of the psychiatric drugs have minimal good effect coupled with huge dangerous side effects,
while some of them might be needed to control acute symptoms their use in the long run is very dangerous.
antidepressants, antipsychotic and benzodiazepines are the drugs in use, of which the last is the least important. The first two are very dangerous and our effort should be to use them only for an emergency. One must understand that powerful antipsychotics are really of no use to the patient except for the fact that some of the emergency situations might warrant them and never on long term basis.
Now that science has advanced as much as to show that the brain is not the seat of the human mind we do not need these drugs at all. A psychiatric specialist who has relinquished his specialty writes to me frequently. He was of the opinion that most of his colleagues today just want to push these dangerous chemicals down their patients’ throats and that they are NOT interested in their patient's welfare. He feels that all that most of the mental patients need is kindness and empathy from a doctor to get ease. Drug use still is going up instead of coming down, which logically should have almost come down drastically if doctors had understood the science properly. Some of the patients get the placebo effect cure when the treating doctor is a humane healer.
It is then logical to conclude that these drugs could all be stopped without giving much harm to any one while it might save many lives. Especially the anti ADHD drugs are dangerous in that they damage the brain to give rise to dementia. There is even doubt if there is a disease called ADHD as its inventor himself had admitted that he did it to please a drug company selling Ritalin, which had given him millions of dollars when he was the President of the American Psychiatric Nomenclature Committee, Late Leon Eisenberg.
"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them,” - David Hume
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.