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Has Psychology Lost Or Gained Status In The Last 20 Years?
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Elsa
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 8:38 pm
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Most would agree that people are diagnosed with mental illnesses with higher frequency then they were twenty years ago.

Do you feel psychology has lost or gained status in this time?

Are the two things related?

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 9:54 pm
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Still growing. Still awkward.

I think it has gained status as a science, and research has made advances. I think it’s less stigmatized.

I do think this accounts for a lot of the increase in diagnosis. Also…people still want a “cure” for individuality.

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I do not think they’re related. Not at first glance, anyway. Psychology has lost ground, for many reasons. It’s easier and cheaper for people to get medication from, say, their family doctor (who is recieving incentives), than to go to therapy for x amount of time. Medication usually has a pretty quick effect; therapy often does not. It’s all about time and money.

I feel that diagnoses for mental illnesses that are deemed easily “treated” with medication are up. I don’t know if I’m right…

I think we’re living in cynical times, all around. People resent that psychologists earn what they earn. People who are against therapists (and there are a lot of them) seem to think that they are predators and egomaniacal.

I have Jupiter/6th sextile Saturn/8th. With the help of a highly skilled psychologist, I turned my life around. So many people have said to me ‘gee I wish I was lucky enough to go.’ Taking a chance on a therapist is a risk so many people can’t being themselves to take. While I empathize with the fear, I feel lucky because my chart supports my efforts–the same sextile is part of a yod with my Moon in Capricorn.

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It’s hard for me to come to one conclusion. What I do see is that ppl in my peer group can easily get diagnosed and medicated in order to live lifestyles they couldn’t sustain if they were of a previous generation. From my opinion, there is not enough questioning of the lifestyle choices, or of the therapist, or of the pharma companies. But to ppk close to me who rely on their daily regimen, this is life or death to them. Without the pharma support they could really be much worse off.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:48 pm
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I think it’s having its glory days right now, but I also think it is a bubble that will eventually burst. This might be wishful thinking.

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I personally feel that mental illness is a cop out for people. We all have some type of “mental illness”.

I think psychology is becoming really see through, its not open minded enough for the times and I think its losing credibility and status…

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I also think it’s losing status. Slews of people are deemed to be crazy and no one is ever cured.

It doesn’t reflect well on the profession. How could it?

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 12:46 am
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Personally, I’ve lost interest.

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I think BigPharma invents a drug and then commissions “research” to invent a disease for it. Everything is a syndrome or disorder that needs drugs these days. People think they are supposed to be happy all the time regardless what happens to them in life. Deluded.

People I know who have been medicated for years are still depressed and anxious and searching for a new drug. instead of doing the inner work they should do or changing their dietary and fitness habits. Scam.

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I think it is losing ground in terms of people’s trust in it, which is unfortunate because there’s fertile ground there for helping people. It has become way over-materialized, focusing on how people are mentally dis-ordered and how their brain chemicals can be rebalanced using drugs. It seems a more passive way of addressing human issues, as opposed to actively giving people something to do or be in order to change their harmful habits or ways of being. But maybe that’s just my interpretation.

There may well be more mental illnesses than in past decades. If that is the case, we shouldn’t just look at what is “wrong” in a person’s mind, but what is “wrong” in the wider culture as well. How to integrate the two together.

I really like the late psychologist James Hillman. He wrote a book in 1992 called “We’ve Had 100 years of Psychotherapy and the World’s Getting Worse.” He was always a big critic of modern psychology, and tried very hard to emphasize the core of psychology, which is literally, the study (-ology) of the soul (psyche-). You can’t talk psychology and ignore myth and human narratives, the stories we tell about ourselves and our world. 

This also reminds me of an article I read recently. It talks about how the vast majority of psychological studies you read about come from only 15% of the world’s population (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic). Hard to put much stock in something when it is skewed so narrowly.) https://www.sapiens.org/cultur…..an-nature/

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:00 pm
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I don’t know, I don’t go out a lot. But my ‘impression’ is that it’s losing status.

I once had a horrible experience with a very egotistical therapist. I kinda felt bad for her, because she didn’t seem to want to go deeper with me. I know I can be a lot to handle (LMAO), but I also didn’t want her to be my therapist, either.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:01 am
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Two things to note:

Correlation doesn’t mean causation.

Population increases go with diagnostic increase.

Another ordeal is as mentioned before: pharmacy companies, hence another opioid issue.

Right now, since I’m in college now but for years passionately self-educated, there’s a tuggle happening where schedule 1 “drugs” are being used for research and showing promise but the old guard won’t let go of it’s hold.

Ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin, CBD and THC, with numerous studies done, have been found to treat PTSD, anxiety and other issues. I was in the service along with others and a few joined these studies and they’re MUCH better now instead of using SSRIs ( which only work for a small population). Not that the listed substances work for everyone but they should be heavily considered.

Psychology has come a long way just as medical science has in general. Heroin and coke we’re once prescribed.

As long as we continue to ask the right questions, not allow ourselves to become complacent know-it-alls, it’ll get better as time progresses

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I also think in this postmodern era, the occult practices will be allowed in the scholastic realm again. Many religious scholars are teaming up with colleges etc to find out why ritual dance, meditation etc work and you can see it in our culture but it’s a slow process. Soon witches and shamans will be much more in the open than currently.

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