“Psychotherapy is a Biological Treatment?”

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BJPsych editorial this month argues that the target of psychotherapy, like pharmacotherapy, is diseased neural functioning. On his Critical Psychiatry blog, Duncan Double disagrees. “To suggest that psychotherapy might correct neural functioning presumes that we know what the abnormality was in the first place. However, we don’t know the neurobiological basis of mental illness because the abnormality is functional rather than structural.”

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