Rapid Fire Destroys Belfield’s Ignorant and Dangerous Advice on Mental Health

Here’s another video tearing apart mad right-wing YouTuber Alex Belfield, whom some have called my favourite right-winger. Well, he is interesting in that he says out loud what the Tories secretly believe, but don’t want you to know. Like he’s in favour of the privatisation of the NHS. Belfield styles himself and his wretched internet show ‘the Voice of Reason’. This is because he affects to be an ordinary man with ordinary, common sense opinions standing up against Guardian-reading, champagne-sipping, oyster-eating leftie twirlies and whippersnappers. His views are pretty much those of the right-wing media, not much different from those spouted by Rod Liddle, Richard Littlejohn and any number of other overpaid bores. And while he presents them as common sense, they can be ignorant and dangerous.

This video from Rapid Fire lays into Belfield for the advice he was doling out to people suffering from depression on his show way back in February. The video’s just under 18 minutes long, and I haven’t seen all of it. What I did see was enough to convince me that Belfield is massively unqualified to talk to anyone about mental health, and that the video was an excellent demolition of the stupid and dangerous nonsense Belfield was spluttering. The first couple of minutes of the video alone tear it down and show as arrant nonsense. That evening’s topic of conversation was mental health, and Belfield had appealed for people with conditions like depression to phone in. The video begins with Belfield talking to one gent, who was diagnosed with depression by his GP. Belfield takes issue with this, as ordinary doctors aren’t mind specialists. Well no, they aren’t. But as Rapid Fire points out, they have mental health training and are therefore in a far better position to dispense advice and treatment for mental conditions than random members of the public and opinionated talk show hosts.

I think I can talk with some authority about mental illness, because I suffer from depression and anxiety after suffering a breakdown nearly thirty years ago. What happened in my case is that I went to the doctor, who prescribed drugs and then referred me to the appropriate psychiatrists and therapists. I assume that this is what generally happens, depending on the case. Belfield goes on to ask the man about his symptoms. He replies that he was unable to concentrate. Belfield responds that that isn’t a symptom of depression. At which point, Rapid Fire leaps in with the appropriate medical literature to show that it certainly is. Which should be enough to tell anyone that Belfield doesn’t know what he’s talking about and should either do some proper research, or better, shut up and leave it to medical professionals to give advice.

I think Belfield is like many people, and simply believes that depression is simply a case of feeling sad a bit worse than usual. Instead of taking drugs, you can and should pull yourself together. But depression isn’t like that. Lewis Wolpert, the biologist and Humanist/secularist, described it best in the title he gave to his book describing the battle he had with depression following the death of his mother, A Malignant Sadness. People seek medical help because they can’t pull themselves together and it persists despite their best efforts to get themselves out of it. There has been debate over whether drugs are being overprescribed for it, but sometimes they’re exactly what’s needed. And there shouldn’t be any shame in that. But this attitude isn’t shared by opinionated hacks like Belfield, whose own, supposedly common sense opinions are actually ignorant and dangerous. But they appeal to the prejudices of their right-wing audience, and so get them viewers and readers.

Ignore Belfield, trust the doctors and trained medical professionals, and if you want to see Belfield’s massive ignorance exposed, watch Rapid Fire’s video below.

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12 Responses to “Rapid Fire Destroys Belfield’s Ignorant and Dangerous Advice on Mental Health”

  1. trev Says:

    Unfortunately Belfield’s wildly inaccurate views on mental illness seem to be shared by the Tory government, especially the DWP, who refer people with such illnesses as Depression to the Work & Health Programme, often run by the usual back-to-work companies and employment agencies, after signing them off the sick and as being ‘fit for work’ as a result of a Work Capability Assessment, the prevailing notion being that the best thing for mental illness is work, and that work is the cure for all ills.

  2. Jim Round Says:

    There needs to be more of these videos deconstructing YouTube’s usual suspects who peddle hate and misinformation.
    Problem is those that do get nowhere near the same exposure or views.
    I’ll give you an example, a respected immunologist with over twenty years experience has the following Twitter accounts:
    He regularly deals with misinformation regarding vaccines and COVID-19.
    Strangely, those “bastions of free speech” like Talk Radio and GB News will not have him on to debate their usual blowhards despite him offering.
    What does that tell you about the state of The British Media.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks, Jim, for those links – very necessary, unfortunately. I’m not surprised that GB News doesn’t want the immunologist on their shows because he would expose the pseudoscience they want to push, and which is also being pushed by people like Belfield.

  3. Ronnie Says:

    Belfield seems to be in his own special league. I don’t recall having heard anyone talking so much rubbish before.

    • trev Says:

      There was his American equivalent, Alex Jones.

      • Ronnie Says:

        I have come across Alex Jones before, but I did not want to listen to him. The only reason I watched the Belfield video to the end, was because of the Rapid Fire responses which were good. Good post.

      • beastrabban Says:

        Jones made much of his money pushing various quack health cures and supplements. If you want a laugh, watch the YouTube video of him drinking some horrible muck called ‘Caveman’, which is supposed to boost your testosterone. Jones drinks it, tells the camera it’s delicious but his expression says it’s absolutely revolting.

      • trev Says:

        Haha what an hypocrite. And so much for the FEMA camps, the concentration camps that the federal government were supposedly building all over America to imprison dissenters when the NWO is implemented according to Jones.

  4. Mark Pattie Says:

    Alex Belfield really is a toxic grifter, who seems to hate “Guardian-reading, LibDem, Naga Manchushi Corbynista types”- but doesn’t seem to realise that Nigel Farage, Tice, Oakeshott, Laurence Fox, Toby Young, James Delingpole, Douglas Murray and even his crush Katie Hopkins all went to expensive private schools.

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