Call for Answers from Scientologists

Psychiatry_Psychology.jpgOur last roundtable incited much commentary on the anti-psychiatry movement, especially from Scientology perspectives. I find that the movement is gaining popularity (at least, online) from circles even beyond followers of the Church. The topic should be intensively discussed to understand all sides of the issue and Brain Blogger will harbor an open forum.

First, as neither a member nor scholar of this religion/organization, I turn to you for information by addressing a few questions:

  • What is the Church’s stance on modern medicine, psychiatry, and biomedical research?
  • To what do you attribute physical and mental ailments?
  • What drugs, medications, and other medical treatments are prohibited and why?
  • How should followers manage mental health issues?

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN, is a board-certified neurologist and pain specialist, medical educator, and scientist. He is the executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.
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