Can neuroscience be integrated into the DSM-V?, by Steven Hyman

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As is well known, much of psychiatry, including scientists at the head of major national mental health agencies, assert that there are no mental diseases, only brain diseases. Different consequences could follow — one being an emphasis on pharmacological medication and a restriction of access to psychotherapies, with a huge impact on people’s lives. A development such as the neurodiversity movement can only happen in a world where 'mental disorders' have been redefined as 'brain disorders that primarily affect emotion, higher cognition and executive function' (Hyman 2007, 725). In such a context, psychiatric patients are approached mainly as cerebral subjects, and this may contribute to modulate their self-understanding and how they live their lives.


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Scott F. Gilbert is the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology, emeritus, at Swarthmore College...

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Hilary Putnam is a leading American philosopher who made major contributions to metaphysics, epistem...

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Steven E. Hyman is director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of MIT...
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