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Seize the Moment Podcast

Sep 4, 2022

On episode 144, we welcome Andrew Scull to discuss the history of psychiatry and the competing perspectives of the origins of mental illness, the chemical imbalance myth and the various genetic and environmental aspects of depression, why mental health is better classified along dimensional lines rather than boxed into categories, the pharmaceutical industry’s decision to curtail further research into mental illness, the myth of the mentally ill brain, the limits of genetic and neuroscientific research into emotional disorders, the stigma attached to the biological view of psychiatry, the bio-psycho-social model of mental health being the best explanatory model available, and Andrew’s take on the future of psychiatry and psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Andrew Scull is an award-winning author, sociologist, historian of psychiatry, and distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton before going to the University of California San Diego. He won the Roy Porter Medal for lifetime contribution to the history of medicine and the Eric Carlson award for lifetime contributions to the history of psychiatry. His books include Museums of Madness, Decarceration, Madhouses, Mad-Doctors, and Madmen, Social Order/Mental Disorder, and many more. His latest book, Desperate Remedies tells the story of psychiatry in the United States from the 19th-century asylum to 21st-century psychopharmacology.

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► Desperate Remedies Book Link |

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