State, Krystal: A new era for psychiatry is at hand

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cell coverRecent findings in a range of scientific disciplines are challenging the conventional wisdom regarding the etiology, classification, and treatment of psychiatric disorders, but the accelerating pace of novel and unexpected findings are simultaneously transforming our understanding of mental illness and point to a coming golden age in psychiatry, according to a review in the prestigious journal Cell co-authored by department chair Matthew W. State, MD, PhD, and John Krystal, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

"These advances are providing a rapidly deepening understanding of complex psychiatric disorders, and the accelerating pace of surprising, sometimes confusing, and often contradictory findings is a hopeful sign that current scientific paradigms that have sustained the field over the past 40 to 50 years are no longer adequate to incorporate and integrate a flood of new data," the authors write. "As Thomas Kuhn described so elegantly, these anomalous findings are often a harbinger of a true scientific revolution. In the case of psychiatry, this cannot come too soon for patients, their families, and society."


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