Fads and Fallacies in Psychiatry

Fads and Fallacies in Psychiatry Relative to some other medical specialties psychiatry is a new and still scientifically underdeveloped field as a result practitioners can be influenced by attractive but unproven ideas Since mental

  • Title: Fads and Fallacies in Psychiatry
  • Author: Joel Paris
  • ISBN: 9781909726062
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Relative to some other medical specialties, psychiatry is a new and still scientifically underdeveloped field as a result practitioners can be influenced by attractive but unproven ideas Since mental illness is still a mystery and answers to the most important questions about mental illness will require another century of research, it is important to criticise contemporRelative to some other medical specialties, psychiatry is a new and still scientifically underdeveloped field as a result practitioners can be influenced by attractive but unproven ideas Since mental illness is still a mystery and answers to the most important questions about mental illness will require another century of research, it is important to criticise contemporary practice especially as fads in psychiatry have occurred not only on the fringe, but in the very mainstream of theory and practice Some of the trendiest theoretical paradigms may turn out to be unsupported by data In diagnosis, the many faddish approaches to classification are unlikely to last In treatment, both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy sometimes embrace interventions with a weak base in evidence that run the risk of doing harm to patients This book examines the fads and fallacies that have and continue to plague psychiatry, in both diagnosis and in treatment These include over diagnosis especially of depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD and autism , over treatment with pharmaceuticals and the assumption that neuroscience has all the answers for psychiatry The reasons why psychotherapy has long been prone to faddishness are explored as are the reasons for recent faddishness in psychopharmacology, which can lead to irrational methods of over treatment, and a failure to consider alternatives There is discussion of the problematic areas of diagnostic systems ICD and DSM and an over reliance on drugs Many examples from the author s own personal clinical experience are included The author s strong opinions and critical tone may seem to conflict with the dispassionate approach of evidence based medicine, however, the book presents balanced arguments and includes positive suggestions and recommendations for change Until we really understand the nature of serious mental illness, psychiatrists need to resist fads in diagnosis and treat

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  • Joel Paris

    Dr Paris is Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, and Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital He obtained his psychiatric training at McGill His research interests include developmental factors in personality disorders especially borderline personality , culture and personality.Current projects risk factors for borderline personality disorder in children the biological correlates of borderline personality disorder.

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  • Not one to go in for lengthy reviews but as a skeptical psychiatrist this book appealed to me as it confirmed my views about all that is wrong with psychiatry. Yes, I am guilty of confirmation bias.


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