“There’s Such a Thing as Too Much Neuroscience”


John Markowitz, a clinical psychiatrist and professor, argues that the NIMH’s exclusive focus on neuroscience research is failing patients in The New York Times. “Many patients continue to suffer, struggle and lead unhappy lives. Some will kill themselves, despite the best available medications, psychotherapies and skilled therapists,” he writes. “Patients cannot afford to wait 1­0 years or 20 years or longer for the results neuroscience promises.”

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  1. bcharris,

    I think it’s lunacy.

    Psychiatry or Neuroscience promises little by way of recovery, maybe 5% ; and Open Dialogue and similar non drug dependent approaches might promise 80%.

    When I came off drugs suitable for severe mental illness I automatically met the criteria for recovery i.e. return to normal life. Drug withdrawal was difficult – but life is difficult.

    I think Neuroscience and Psychiatric “illnesses” have nothing to contribute. They are completely fraudulent – the same as ketamine.