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Indian J Psychol Med. 2009 Jan;31(1):11-5. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.53309.

Mind, brain and psychotherapy.

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Hospital for Mental Health, Vikas Gruh Road, Jamnagar, India.

Abstract

There is long-standing debate about superiority of mind over brain, in other words about superiority of mind over matter. And outcome of this debate is going to decide future of psychiatry. The psychiatrists believing in materialism may say that brain is all and by changing neurotransmitters level with new molecules of drugs would cure all illnesses. On the other hand, antipsychiatry activists and some psychotherapists oppose all types of treatment despite of convincing evidence that drug therapy is effective (although sometimes it is not as effective as it claims to be). However, truth lies somewhere in between. Pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are like two legs of psychiatry and psychiatry cannot walk into a future on one leg. The studies have shown that judicious use of pharmacotherapy along with psychotherapy gives better outcome than any one of them used alone. We must heal dichotomy between mind and brain before we heal the patients.

KEYWORDS:

Mind; brain; neurotransmitters; pharmacotherapy; psychotherapy

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