Renown Psychiatrist Allen Lipscomb Addresses Conspiracy Theories in the Mental Health ProfessionNovember 22, 2021
Conspiracy Theories and Mental Health
When we think about conspiracy theories, we think about one’s strong beliefs and the facts that they have gathered to lead them to feel this way; however, Psychiatrist Allen Lipscomb recognizes these beliefs as part of the spectrum in the mental health crisis.
The Negative Effects of Conspiracy Theory Beliefs
With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the spread of conspiracy theories, the need for a unified professional approach became an important part of psychiatric practice. Addressing these delicate topics with patients must be handled with care in order to ensure compassion and stability of trust in the therapist/patient relationship. Interestingly, clients that subscribe to these beliefs are more susceptible to a level of anxiety that can cause paralyzing paranoia in patients. These all-consuming thoughts lead them to spend countless hours researching, and trying to conceptualize to prove their points, consuming so much of their mind that they are unable to function as a stable adult.
Addressing this Mental Health Crisis
Esteemed Dr. Allen Lipscomb identifies the importance of addressing this issue in whole. By honoring patients for their beliefs, he is able to maintain that important level of trust and help the patient begin to heal. In an important part of this process, he switches his approach to focus on the weaknesses of the political and economic system and helps the patient identify how these aspects can contribute to their grief and trauma experienced from the recent pandemic. Shifting the mind’s focus in this way allows the patient to explore the root of the reason of why they have adapted their beliefs of the conspiracy theory and slowly begin to separate true facts from media lies.
The Approach to the Healing Process
The BRuH Approach to Therapy was a breakthrough development by Dr. Lipscomb which promoted recognition and healing in handling patients suffering from this mental health condition. In this approach he encourages patients to analyze their experiences and contextualize them against oppressive systems and policies to become empowered. With this strength they can begin to see a clear picture of how facts have impacted their beliefs and be able to let go of the false ideas that have plagued them contributing to awareness an an overall better quality of mind strength and mental health.
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