I’ve been lucky enough to be given an advanced copy of Dr Terry Lynch’s new book ‘Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance’. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t really aware of just what a privilege it actually was. Terry’s book is ground-breaking, brutally honest and totally unexpected – he pulls no punches. I have never read a more accurate or frank account of the myths surrounding ‘mental illness’, or indeed the acknowledgement that these myths were (and are) pushed by psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry and misinformed doctors. The ‘chemical imbalance’ mythology has been debunked many decades ago – yet Irish psychiatry, Irish Medical professionals and Irish ‘mental health’ charities have yet to catch on.
He exposes the usual culprits, the ones who intentionally deceive and the unintentional misinformed ones. What hasn’t been exposed before and what he does with much precision and skill, is the enormous misinformation dispensed by Irish ‘mental health’ charities. He exposes these so-called mental health ‘expert’ groups for what they actually are and why consequently, they are a dubious waste of tax-payers money.
Professor Patricia Casey naturally gets a mention. Following an article she wrote referring numerous times to depression being ‘biological’, he asked her to provide the scientific research that proves her claim. Her reply suggested he “purchase any of the postgraduate textbooks on psychiatry, where he will find a myriad of references to same.” It seems to me that Casey, revered in Ireland as one of our country’s top psychiatric experts, is everything that is wrong within psychiatry today. A dinosaur who bites your head off when you have the audacity to challenge her. I can feel her solicitor’s pen poised and ready for action as we speak.
Professor Casey is not alone. Pushing misinformation on the masses, whether unintentional or not, is rampant in Ireland. The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the more recognizable (albeit sometimes unwitting) Irish culprits that Dr Lynch mentions: Vincent Brown, Marian Keyes, Harry Barry, Siobhan Barry, Garreth O’Callaghan, Mary McEvoy and Ray Darcy. Sean Duke, described as a science journalist, is frequently heard on East Coast Radio; he is also exposed for pushing the chemical imbalance myth as fact onto Leinster’s listeners. It comes as no surprise that Dr Harry Barry also gets a mention. You remember Dr Barry, the one who stated “when you take anti-depressants, they work from the bottom of the brain up. When you engage in talk therapy, it works from the front of the brain down”. If these drugs weren’t so dangerous, I might even find the latter amusing.
Aware and Spunout, the high profile Irish ‘mental health’ charities are also ‘named and shamed’ for promoting the falsehood of the chemical basis for depression. Considering the huge governmental funding these charities get, this basic misinformation can never be justified (I have previously tried and failed to inform Spunout of the error of their ways). The UK’s MIND and Rethink are also exposed as fundamentally flawed, by misinforming the very people they are supposed to be helping.
The naming and shaming of these organisations and ‘experts’ is an initial step towards toppling the idiocy which forms the basis of the public’s perception of depression. Dr Terry Lynch takes one brave step for mankind – it remains to be seen whether this book will rock the very foundations of ‘depression’ and ‘mental illness’ as we know it, but I think that it just might.
This fabulous book is a must for everyone who believes that they are suffering from a brain chemical imbalance (an unwitting Bressie springs to mind). Dr Lynch is one very brave man to take on the so-called ‘experts’ in this forthright manner. It’s a David and Goliath situation. Will the truth win out? Is this generation ready to see that the so-called ‘experts’ are in fact philistines? I sure hope so! Huge respect to Dr Terry Lynch for this much-needed exposé. His book is out in September and I look forward to the fall-out. ‘Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance’ is most definitely a keeper.
By the way, myself and the bold Bobby Fiddaman get a mention on page 115; Dr Lynch has certainly made one Sallynoggin woman smile.