Friday, 3 January 2014

Mental help: procedures to avoid

The long-running QuackWatch website bills itself as ‘Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions’, and is operated by Stephen Barrett, a retired psychiatrist living near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

In addition to heading Quackwatch, Dr. Barrett is vice-president of the Institute for Science in Medicine and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

As he points out, many types of practitioners who profess to treat mental problems are engaged in questionable practices. The following procedures should be avoided…