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