Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?
In his review, Arthur Bohart notes that "Doctoring the Mind is an examination of the history of how we have come to adopt a biological model of etiology and treatment of the psychoses, followed by a careful look at the data relevant to the validity of that point of view." The book's author, Richard P. Bentall, questions the usefulness and validity of the schizophrenic diagnosis. In addition, the author questions whether various disorders such as schizophrenia are biologically caused. Our beliefs about etiology affect our attitudes about treatment. Have we abandoned the examination of the role of poverty and trauma in mental illness, relying heavily on medications, to patient detriment? Can we develop better psychosocial treatments for schizophrenia?
By Arthur C. Bohart
PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(7)