U of T's 'anti-psychiatry' scholarship is affront to science and could hurt mentally ill patients, critics say - 2017-01-10
And yet Burstow herself, who has a doctorate in educational theory with a minor in psychology, does not subscribe to a grey area on the topic. She denies the anti-psychiatry label implies any pre-conceived notions or that non-scientists are unqualified to study the area – because it's already well established mental illness does not exist.
"Psychiatry's tenets and claims do not stand up to scrutiny. We do not have to begin by trying to prove that," said Burstow. "I am saying these are not diseases … There is not a single proof of a single chemical imbalance of a single so-called mental illness."
Shorter and Paris said such statements are simply "absurd," that thousands of scientific studies – now incorporating sophisticated imaging of the brain – bolster the idea that biology is behind many psychological conditions and that various treatments do, in fact, work.