Medical and Psychological Testing Unreliable (duh)

“It’s time for science to abandon the term statistically significant.”

In the Aeon.co article “The problem with p-values” the subtitle says something profound:

“Academic psychology and medical testing are both dogged by unreliability. The reason is clear: we got probability wrong”

David Colquhoun is a professor of pharmacology at University College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the author of Lectures on Biostatistics (1971) and blogs at DC’s Improbable Science.

This affirms research that we shared in this post on research at OSHU.

David, “A man after Gods own heart” gives us this advice: “Walk not in the counsel of the unwise.”

The established professional method (agnostic) doctors and counselors must adhere to – is one of self-help, self-actualization and self-worth. All of these are counter to the message of Jesus. In a range of other posts we talk about being free of “anything that affects us from the neck up.”

If you’re on medication of any sort? Only reduce or stop using it under your doctor’s supervision. Even though medication may not accomplish it’s purpose, there are side effects and these can be dire. Detoxing from certain anti-depressants can literally take months or years.

On a page at addictioncenter.com the professional opinion is that if depressive symptoms last, it a relapse into depression.

“If symptoms last more than a month and are worsening, it’s worth considering whether you’re having a relapse of depression.”

George I. Papakostas, M.D., psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, 2010

There are spiritual issues underlying sadness and all of the symptoms of depression. As Christians we point to self-centeredness as that problem. Not the solution.

The publication “Our Daily Bread” says these things about “Dying for Others”

“Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters” (1 John 3:16). This won’t likely mean literal death, but as we align our lives with Jesus’s example of sacrificial love, we find that we are “laying down our lives.” For instance, we might choose to deprive ourselves of material goods in order to share them with others (v. 17) or make time to be with someone who needs comfort and companionship. Our Daily Bread Nov. 14, 2016

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