Speaker: Dr Stefan Ecks # Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
15th Feb 2016
15:30 - 17:00
Staff Room, 6th floor, Crystal Macmillan Building (University of Edinburgh, George Square)
Is psychiatry in an innovation crisis, or are we witnessing a paradigm change and renewal? The signs of crisis are hard to deny: psychopharmaceuticals, once touted as magic bullets against mental illnesses, have come under severe scrutiny for their lack of efficacy and bad side effects. Pharmaceutical companies are withdrawing from research into psychiatric disorders. DSM-5, the so-called bible of mental disorder classifications, has been greeted with derision upon its publication in 2013. The US National Institute of Mental Health declared that psychiatric research must proceed in a radically different way than before. In my paper, I outline the form and extent of the current crisis, and explore what is crystallizing as the new horizons of innovation. My key example will be depression and the drugs meant to treat this disorder.