The beginnings of psychiatry

Written by Ronald Jan

Psychiatry strongly depends upon an outdated physically orientated point of view that does not truly benefit any patient. Its problematic present state becomes understandable once you realise how this pseudo or soft science came about. They say that if you put two economists in a room, they will never come to an agreement. Well that is pretty much the case within psychiatry.

No hard scientific foundation was ever put up, nor is the fundament the result of any empiric research. All is presumption. No wonder both the economy and psychiatry are under heavy pressure. The old thinking is at the end of its cycle, but for many involved that is hard to discern. Realising how psychiatry germinated, that is as a derivative of medical science, already makes it a lot easier to understand: seeing humans as a body, a biological object, kind of limits the view. The body of thought of present day medicine is materialistic, and no more than a hundred and fifty years old. It adopted a deterministic model as their vantage point no earlier than 1865. Up until then it had consisted of a wide array of assorted approaches.

Within psychiatry it was, for instance, thought that a psychiatrical disease was caused by an imbalance of the bodily fluids leading to psychological problems, as evidenced by the blood-letting performed in those days. Afterwards it was thought that the cause of psychological problem originated from the organs, which were then consequently removed. Then psychological disorders were thought to stem from the brain, so parts of them we removed and shock therapy was applied. Trial and error, one could say, though mainly error.

The common opinion is still that psychological diseases are related to the functioning of the brain, nowadays predominantly focussing on the chemical processes, which are caused by them. Chemical processes which should then be regulated by medications, that are at best subject of discussion: never has a relation been established between any anti-psychotic substance and any possible cause. Meanwhile this is more and more conceded by regular psychiatry.

The old fashioned hospital is of the garage model, a place where a body is brought in to be fixed, but this flimsy foundation and this highly outdated view of humanity’s medicine is grinding to a halt. Today there are just too many phenomena that medical professionals can not explain within their scope of thinking. Patients have meanwhile grown to be more and more critical as well, with their own opinions, feelings and consciousness.

On a core level the nineteenth century model of natural sciences has never been adjusted, leading to grave consequences. Technologically superior, but socially and communicatively in ever murkier water. With a flourishing pharmaceutical industry, that somehow still remains incapable to get to the real causes, let alone those of mental disorders like psychosis and schizophrenia.

About the author

Ronald Jan

Already for long Ronald Jan Heijn was interested in a broader way of thinking. His life went through the swamp areas of the big theme’s of this society. His obstacles, valleys and opponents became his best teachers. Through his experience in society on the one site and his ‘being a student of the broader mind’ on the other, he always tried to build bridges. Also his studies (in the eighties) of Business Administration and Cultural Antropology carried this wish and content. Ronald Jan followed many spiritual courses and read many spiritual books (esp. Ageless Wisdom). In the Netherlands Ronald Jan is known from the Dutch grocery store family Albert Heijn and used to be a top level hockey player for the Dutch national team. In 1987 his father was abducted and killed, the man responsible was later forgiven by him. To further a better world he started the largest holistic centre of the Netherlands, Oibibio in Amsterdam. After eight years Oibibio succumbed to its own success. Many let downs later Ronald Jan met Harry Beckers (HB). Together they gave lectures and released a documentary on a broader way of thinking, consciousness and the afterlife. Unaware at the time, Ronald Jan was educated to become a messenger of the New Age during that period. Most of all he got to witness the severe road of preparation of the World Renewer HB and to ultimately cooperating in his coming forward.

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