understood that mental illnesses are biologically-based brain
disorders, Her groundbreaking research on schizophrenia
has inspired hope for improved treatment and recovery..."
during the interview, with the patient's permission. A
lot of time is saved in gathering the information
needed to make the diagnosis. It also helps when the
family hears the discussion and knows what the
treatment will be. Although most psychiatrists no
longer blame the family for the illness of a relative,
it can still occur. It is important to remove any guilt
the family may have derived from previous outmoded,
In 2019 experts in Memory wrote in alarm in the Journal of Psychological Science about the growth of false accusations and the influence of therapy using methods know to create false accusations. The article specifically addresses the hand in hand relationship between mental illness (psychopathology) and false memories:
There is good evidence that certain forms of psychopathology
(e.g., schizophrenia) go hand in hand with a tendency to accept and give in
to external pressure (Peters, Moritz, Tekin, Jelicic, & Merckelbach, 2012).
More importantly, existing work also indicates that psychopathology
(i.e., depression, PTSD) is linked to an enhanced propensity to produce
spontaneous false memories.
In our culture mental illness is commonly associated with an inborn character flaw, a flawed spiritual formation or the outcome of some shameful trauma. None of these assumptions explain the presence of mental illness and those wrong assumptions work to suppress the needed discussion. In our culture the family is often totally unaware of the biological causes of mental illness because of the silence imposed by shame. In fact a dysfunctional metabolism ignites mental illness that results in despondency, rage, paranoia, bizarre delusions and horrid hallucinations mistaken for reality. Our city streets are full of such people today. The mistaken notions about mental illness feed the ignorance, suppress discussion and prevent the proper care of the mentally ill person. One would expect that the family would be aware of their common physiology but this is often not so. The shame and the silence it nurtures prevents learning about the true cause. In fact a family may seek to distance themselves from the mentally ill family member. Nothing could be worse as delusions are strengthened, rage and despondency rewarded and many of the ill live in a hopeless squalor.
Debus AG. (1970). Johann Hoachim Bechcr. In: GiIlispie CC. ed. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. I. Charles Scribners Sons: New York.
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