Doctor speaks at Fort Mason on causes of mental disorders 

Clancy McKenzie (Courtesy photo) - CLANCY MCKENZIE (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Clancy McKenzie (Courtesy photo)
  • Clancy McKenzie (Courtesy photo)

Clancy McKenzie, the doctor and author of “Babies Need Mothers: How Mothers Can Prevent Mental Illness in Children,” will speak at “Beyond Pandora’s Box: Integrative Approaches to Treating Psychosis” at Fort Mason on Saturday. The conference is from Friday through Sunday, and is hosted by the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses.

What will be the crux of your talk? I’ve been studying the root cause of mental disorders for over 40 years. Once you know the cause then it’s treatable. The age of origin for these disorders often involves infant separation. It can be as simple as two siblings being born close together, and the elder sibling undergoing stress due to its mother’s newly divided attention. These disorders are delayed, post-traumatic stress disorders. Most studies don’t admit that a biological change in the body can be the result of, and not a cause of, the disease process.

Do you think the conference can be helpful to those not in the medical field? Well, the way I explain it, even a child can understand. It’s not necessary for a person to have these disorders. There are effective treatment methods. Drugs are not the answer.

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