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History of Psychiatry

Welcome to History of Psychiatry

The History of Psychiatry Blog is under the direction of Greg Eghigian, PhD, with contributions by him and other history afficianados. Full bio here.

History of Psychiatry

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Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and this may indeed be the most telling legacy of the lost art of healing.

Since ancient times, doctors have shown a good deal of interest in identifying seasonal patterns in the incidence of symptoms and disease. Could the holiday blues be a myth?

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Art theory from the 20th century onward—despite the latter day efforts at denial—was nearly indistinguishable from psychoanalytic theory, and it parallels the philosophical struggles and pains that continue to plague psychiatry.

The Prinzhorn collection laid the groundwork for psychiatric art and inspired many modern artists.

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While much in the history of “madness” has changed over the course of time, one of the most consistent—yet sometimes overlooked—features of that history has been the presence of the visual arts.

The events here were cited as the most important changes in psychiatry since 1945.

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