Dr. Chuck Ruby
Dr. Chuck Ruby, Executive Director of ISEPP

Dr. Ruby earned his Ph.D. in 1995 at Florida State University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of military service as a criminal, counterintelligence, and counterespionage special agent and investigative psychologist in many capacities across the globe. Following his military career, Dr. Ruby has been a psychologist and coach in private practice. 

We discuss:

  • Why does Dr. Ruby believe calling mental illness an ‘illness’ is a problem?
  • What advice does Dr. Ruby give those who are dealing with depression and anxiety?

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Comments (4)
    • Hi Amy! Thank you. We’re trying out some automated transcript software. I’ll make sure to do this episode next, so that we can post the transcript. Thanks for listening!

  1. Im 8 minutes in and this guy is saying things that are just objectively false and easily discerned by a simple search. First his reasoning that neurologists would treat an imbalance of brain chemicals is false. Neurologists treat the tissue: brain, spine, nerves. They do not treat chemicals. Psychiatrists do the research into these diseases and how current medical treatments affect themas well as treat the patient. Do we know the specific mechanism of them all? No. But we do have clear medical research that modification if chemicals modifies the disease. This type of management is not unique to mental illness. There are many disease processes that we do not understand, many more that we don’t understand why the treatment works. Nevertheless, we still treat the patients when there is evidence of symptom relief.

    Calling all of mental health a problem of “bad thoughts” is a gross and offensive over simplification. Even if you do argue with current medical research at least be open and honest about what is going on and who is managing it. I can’t keep listening to an episode that is based on an objectively false premise. Also, psychiatrists are medical doctors and psychologists are not so im not sure that Dr. Ruby is more qualified to speak on the topic than a psychiatrist is. Very disappointed in this episode and the way it paints both mental illness and in how it misrepresents two medical specialties.

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