Psychiatry beyond the current paradigm

Pat Bracken, Philip Thomas, Sami Timimi, Eia Asen, Graham Behr, Carl Beuster, Seth Bhunnoo, Ivor Browne, Navjyoat Chhina, Duncan Double, Simon Downer, Chris Evans, Suman Fernando, Malcolm R Garland, William Hopkins, Rhodri Huws, Bob Johnson, Brian Martindale, Hugh Middleton, Daniel MoldavskyJoanna Moncrieff, Simon Mullins, Julia Nelki, Matteo Pizzo, James Rodger, Marcellino Smyth, Derek Summerfield, Jeremy Wallace, David Yeomans

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A series of editorials in this Journal have argued that psychiatry is in the midst of a crisis. The various solutions proposed would all involve a strengthening of psychiatry's identity as essentially 'applied neuroscience'. Although not discounting the importance of the brain sciences and psychopharmacology, we argue that psychiatry needs to move beyond the dominance of the current, technological paradigm. This would be more in keeping with the evidence about how positive outcomes are achieved and could also serve to foster more meaningful collaboration with the growing service user movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-4
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Biomedical Technology
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Mental Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Professional Practice
  • Psychiatry
  • Recovery of Function

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