In Discover, Neuroskeptic critiques the premise of a journal article that declared that “neuroscientists who research mental health problems ought to listen to the views of people who have experienced those conditions.” Are people who are depressed and/or taking antidepressants really more qualified to understand the neuroscience of depression, he asks.
“All of this is sensible enough, but there’s a major blind spot here,” comments Neuroskeptic. “Stratford et al. talk as if scientists and patients (or ‘consumers’) are two distinct groups. But what about the people who fall into both categories? What about those neuroscience researchers who have experienced mental illness themselves? I am one of these people. I’m currently well, but I have a history of depression and I still take three different antidepressants.”
What Can “Lived Experience” Teach Neuroscientists? (Discover, May 20, 2015)