Psychiatry’s False Assumptions (and the price we pay for them)


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Instructor: Abstract:

Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsychUsing an overview of published evidence from epidemiologic, clinical and molecular genetic research, this presentation shows how 3 false assumptions are leading the field astray. These include assumptions that [1] genes and biology are more important than the environment and relationships in mental disorders, [2] patients present with single disorders that respond to single, evidence based treatments, and [3] the best treatments are pills. The presentation then explores the price paid by the field, by society, and by patients and families as a result of these false assumptions. Among the impacts of the false assumptions is the growing problem of treatment resistant disorders. The presentation offers specific psychodynamic principles that respond to and correct the false assumptions in the hope of improving patient outcomes.

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Learning Objectives

To summarize genetic and clinical research evidence suggesting that much of contemporary psychiatry is based on 3 false assumptions.
To describe the implications of these false assumptions for treatment, research, and patients' lives.
To utilize elements of psychodynamic therapy and a psychodynamic systems perspective that correct the false assumptions and improve patient care.

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