Family Therapy as an Alternative to Medication: An Appraisal of Pharmland

By Phoebe S. Prosky; David V. Keith | Go to book overview

Chapter 6

Can Giving Heal? Contextual Therapy and Biological Psychiatry

Catherine Ducommun-Nagy, MD

Alice looked around her in great surprise. “Why, I do believe we've been under this tree the whole time! Everything's just as it was!”

“Of course it is, ” said the Queen: “what would you have it?”

“Well, in our country, ” said Alice, still panting a little, “you'd gener-ally get to somewhere else—if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing.”

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


INTRODUCTION

Since psychopharmacological interventions have become the dominant way of treating mental illnesses, why would anyone refuse to concede victory to the camp of biological psychiatry? If mental illnesses were simple brain diseases that medicine will soon cure, it would be wonderful. It would be one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine to provide a true causal treatment for illnesses that affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Yet, is this a realistic view of the future?

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