Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Cousins,
Professor Allan Young
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Psychiatry is the medical specialty concerned with pathological human psychology. Throughout its history, attempts have been made to explain psychological experiences in terms of neurophysiology and neuropathology. Such practice is probably overly reductionistic, as it is not legitimate to explain all psychological problems in terms of biological processes (Fish 1967). Even if the mind-brain debate concludes in favour of materialism, the subjective experience of consciousness will remain. What then is the role of biological psychiatry? Biological psychiatry has two main purposes: to understand the pathophysiology of psychiatric illness, and to use that understanding to develop therapeutic strategies. Some of the progress made in these regards will be the subject of this chapter, with specific reference to the HPA axis in bipolar affective disorder.
Author(s): Cousins DA, Young AH
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: European Foundation for Psychiatry at the Maudsley
Year of Conference: 2004
Publisher: Martin Dunitz Press