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Henry Nasrallah, MD, editor-in chief of Current Psychiatry ONLINE, claims that there have been "developments" that "are bringing neurology and psychiatry together again" in his latest editorial.
The first development Nasrallah shares predictably is "The neuropharmacological revolution in psychiatry;" he neglects to mention the "revolution" relied upon deceit, i.e. misleading patients, the public, and other medical professionals about the symptoms and the etiology of symptoms; the subjective nature of a psychiatric diagnosis; the effectiveness of the available treatments; the dangerous risks endemic to using teratogenic, psychotropic drugs and/or electric shock machines that have never been safety tested...
Vol. 12, No. 08 / August 2013
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- The neuropharmacological revolution in psychiatry and the discovery of medications that control the symptoms of psychosis and of mood and anxiety disorders
- The explosive growth of neuroscience, which was catalyzed and enhanced by sophisticated investigational techniques
- The computerization revolution, which has facilitated development of myriad neuroimaging techniques that reveal, in vivo, the multiple neurological and neuropathological abnormalities associated with psychiatric disorders
- Breakthrough advances in molecular and cellular neurobiology, which are linking behavior, thought, affect, and cognition with specific signaling pathways. This has led to the scientific epiphany that psychiatric brain disorders cannot be localized (as neurologic brain disorders are) because they are caused by disrupted neural circuits and connectivity and are not localized in cortical or subcortical regions
- The molecular genetics revolution, which has revealed the complex genetics of psychiatric disorders, including risk genes, copy number variants, nonsense mutations, and epigenetics. With 50% of the 22,000 genes in the 23 pairs of human chromosomes involved in brain development, it isn’t surprising that the neurogenetics of mental illness are mainly aberrations in neurodevelopment genes—just as most non-genetic factors disrupt normal brain development during fetal life.
- The recognition, over the past 2 decades, that anomalies of neurochemistry and neuroplasticity are the underpinnings of psychiatric illness.