The problem here is your cynical attitude towards psychiatrists. My attitude is more geared toward the profession of psychiatry and it's diagnostic agency, the APA. I apologizes if I sounded otherwise. Every one I've ever worked with does not fit your description of a wolf in a shirt and tie. Their lie is destructive and attempts to discredit the millions of testimonies of people who have witnessed God, Jesus, angels, saints, demons and evil spirits (ghosts). They enter the profession for the same reasons any doctor enters the medical profession. To make a difference - and the vanity that comes with being able to use "Dr" in your name. And yes, they're the "authority" on something they know less about than they would care to admit.
Mental illness is a very real phenomenon and people who suffer from psychosis can experience profound distress and desperation as a result of their symptoms. I can only conclude you've never met anyone in an acute phase of their illness, as you would surely realise that these are not "spiritual" experiences. I've heard God, seen Jesus, the Holy Spirit, an angel, saint, demons (was possessed by one twice) and the dead. Also, I have witnessed some of the powers of the supernatural. This was all real and not an "hallucination".
I also believe that grave injustices have been done to the mentally ill, and still are. But not for the reasons you think.
Edited by notforgotten, 16 April 2013 - 03:26 AM.