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Re: David Burns is a psychiatrist

Posted by OldSchool on January 24, 2002, at 14:25:44

In reply to Re: David Burns is a psychiatrist OldSchool, posted by Elizabeth on January 24, 2002, at 12:59:33

> > The above information is totally incorrect. I have David Burns's book "Feeling Good" right in front of me and it clearly says "David Burns, MD." His credentials are the following according to the book. "Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine."
> Well, then he doesn't have any excuse, if he did indeed claim that 20 mg of Parnate should be enough for all or most patients. 20 mg of Parnate is a very modest dose, although it may of course be adequate for a few people.
> You of all people should know that just because someone is a psychiatrist, that doesn't mean they know what they're talking about! (Not that Burns doesn't know what he's talking about; all I know is that he's wrong about this particular thing.)
> -elizabeth

Elizabeth, I agree Burns is biased against meds. Thats obvious from his book. I read in his book that he prefers to "keep the dosage low." I know thats BS. He also criticizes SSRIs, in favor of the older tricyclics. That is BS as well, as the SSRIs are much cleaner drugs with fewer side effects.

All that being said, Burns's book is worth reading. Some of the things he says about meds is true, while some of it is junk. I have the ability to discern the junk from the good stuff.

I dont think CBT, nor any other talk therapy gets to the "root" of severe mental illness.

Old School




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