Iatrogenesis or iatrogenic effect (/aɪˌætroʊˈdʒɛnɪk/; a Greek term, meaning "brought forth by the healer") is any consequence of medical treatment or advice given to a patient.
Some iatrogenic effects are clearly defined and easily recognized, such as a complication following a surgical procedure (e.g., lymphedema as a result of breast cancer surgery). Less obvious ones, such as complex drug interactions, may require significant investigation to identify.
So called "mental health professionals" can cause great harm to their patients by redefining the patient's experiences to correspond with the currently "politically correct" theoretical constructs of "mental health" or "mental disorder".
The recovered memory debacle is a good example of the great harm done to tens-of-thousands of women -- and their families -- by the implantation of false memories of child sexual abuse.
Many BoyLovers suffer at the hands of the so-called "mental health professionals" who define their sexual attractions as being deviant when, in fact, BoyLove has a long history of the healthy mentoring of young males and enhancing their healthy socialization. Some BoyLovers have even been driven to suicide by the iatrogenic effects of their "treatment" at the hands of these "therapists".
- 'Whores of the Court: The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice by Margaret Hagen, Ph.D. Whores_of_the_Court_(Book)
- The DSM: Psychiatry's Deadliest Scam (film)
- Psychiatry: An Industry of Death (film)
- The Trauma Myth (book)
- child sexual abuse
Iatrogenesis at Wikipedia