Personally it always rubbed me the wrong way how so many in this forum like to act as if the hagiography, supernatural claims, etc. surrounding dharma and Buddhism are inherently real. Often they try to brow beat those who think otherwise by claiming they are being less Buddhist or whatever. I always knew such people cannot run around in their day to day life expressing beliefs like that in any Western milieu, at least not without discursion. However, when the topic of mental health comes up we can how many of the same people think also the diagnostic inventions of the mental health field are inherently real, and those people can and should only see a professional(even when the person in question has seen professionals and decided to avoid them). Can you really believe, for example, that Tibetan lineage heads discover reincarnated tulkus because meditation and dharma is that powerful, but that it is also so weak that those diagnosed by mental health professionals should only see mental health professionals?
This is one of the greatest problems of modernized societies. Ivan Illich pointed out that professionals get their power precisely and only by dis-empowering others. The medical professionals get their relative station by teaching society and their specific victims that health is an object they can consume only by seeking out professionals with a monopoly certified by the university system and canonized under penalty of law. In a book the The EFT Manual
it reads on the copyright page: "If you have any questions about whether or not to use EFT, consult your physician or licensed mental health professional. The information in this book is of a general nature only and may not be used to treat or diagnose any particular disease or particular person." Every book on health must have a similar silly disclaimer to insure the monopoly of the too well paid medical professionals. Everyone who actually seeks holistic health advice must live with this hypocrisy, buying books with disclaimers saying they are not meant to be medical advice, when if that was the case, they would not be bought! It is madness. When you believe you can do nothing about health other than being the type of consumer known as a patient, that is when your health is really gone and out of your hands. So contrary to those people on this site and elsewhere who think advocating to run to a professional leads to better health outcomes, it doesn't, it leads instead to learned hopelessness and apathy.
Here is a great, short video by Thomas Szasz a psychiatrist and Professor who was perhaps the most vocal and greatest critic against the myriad of abuses by his profession:
Thomas Szasz wrote:... Psychiatrists have for hundreds of years used diagnostic terms, so called diagnostic terms, to stigmatize and control people. ... When black slaves in the South ran away to Freedom, it wasn't that they wanted to be free; they suffered from a disease called drapetomania, from drapetes, runaway slave, and mania. ... Women, half the population of mankind, if they were foolish enough to rebel against domination by man, well they then had a serious disease called hysteria, which was due to their wandering womb. ... Now none of those behaviors were ever a disease. ... No behavior or misbehavior is a disease or can be a disease. That's not what diseases are. ... If he is sick, there must be some objective science to it, which can be diagnosed by physicians and objective tests. ... When I went to medical school sixty years ago there were only a handful of mental diseases. I think there were no more than six or seven. Now there are more than three hundred. ... Labeling a child as mentally ill is stigmatization, not diagnosis. Giving a child a psychiatric drug is poisoning, not treatment. ...
Long term follow up research on mental health victims who take anti-psychotics has been done comparing their outcomes to those who are not medicated:
Dr. Martin Harrow wrote:Factors Involved in Outcome and Recovery in Schizophrenia Patients Not on Antipsychotic Medications: A 15-Year Multifollow-Up Study(PDF)
Detailed analyses of those patients with schizophrenia on antipsychotic medications versus those not on medications at the 15-year follow-ups also were conducted. These analyses indicated that in addition to the significant differences in global functioning between these groups, 19 of the 23 schizophrenia patients (83%) with uniformly poor outcome at the 15-year follow-ups were on antipsychotic medications.
The data on psychosis in Figure 1 show that at the 10-year follow-ups, 79% of the patients with schizophrenia on antipsychotics had psychotic activity, whereas 23% of those not on any medications had psychotic activity. Sixty-four percent of the schizophrenia patients treated with antipsychotic medications at the 15-year follow-ups had psychotic activity, whereas 28% of those not on any medications had signs of psychotic activity.
This is little surprising as in the short term you may feel better, but that is because instead of increasing serotonin or dopamine to improve mood with natural methods like say exercise or prolonged meditation you are doing it artificially by pharmaceuticals, with numerous side effects. So the longer you are on them, the more pointless every life activity becomes compared to popping the next prescribed pill. The whole medical system from research to patient care is dirty. Yes there is research like Harrow's that decries many of the foundational claims of the mental health profession, however no action will ever be taken on it, because no money can be made that way. As Foucault pointed out, knowledge has a relation to power always, and the knowledge that does not benefit those with wealth and political power, gets buried, no matter how beneficial it is to mankind.
There is lots of info out there that shows how medical professionals, professionally dis-empower people. The mental health field tends to make their diagnosed victims into the new lepers, which is very apt especially for those who knew the relevant history between those two groups.