Author | Awais Aftab, MD

Awais Aftab, MD


The Battle for the Soul of Psychiatry: Ronald W. Pies, MD

June 24, 2020


In this interview, Dr Aftab and Dr Pies revisit several debates concerning various criticisms of psychiatry that Dr Pies has been involved in over the course of his career, and they discuss how to make sense of the profession’s relationship with its critics. 

Weaving Conceptual and Empirical Work in Psychiatry: Kenneth S. Kendler, MD

May 26, 2020


Awais Aftab, MD, interviews this highly respected psychiatrist and genetics researcher, who has been further catapulted into fame over the past two decades through his widely read philosophical commentaries.

Psychiatric Disorders as an Imperfect Community: Peter Zachar, PhD

May 04, 2020


In this interview with Awais Aftab, MD, Dr Peter Zachar discusses how psychiatric disorders can be viewed through the lens of scientifically inspired pragmatism.

Psychiatry and the Human Condition: Joanna Moncrieff, MD

April 10, 2020


Dr Moncrieff’s ideas represent in many ways the enduring legacy of Thomas Szasz. In this probing interview with Dr Aftab, she challenges the medical view of mental disorders and argues that biological and behavioral conditions have a different relationship to agency.

Chaos Theory With a Human Face: Niall McLaren, MBBS, FRANZCP

March 31, 2020


"There is a great deal that ails psychiatry-over-diagnosis, overtreatment, misallocation of resources, consistent breaches of patients’ fundamental human rights, and so forth," says Dr McLaren in this interview.

The Impoverishment of Psychiatric Knowledge

March 30, 2020


Dr Giovanni Fava shares his perspective on the current intellectual crisis in psychiatry and how it stems from a narrow concept of science which neglects clinical practice as a source of fundamental research questions.

Institutional Corruption and Social Justice in Psychiatry

March 09, 2020


How have the pharmaceutical industry and academic guild interests shaped the evolution of psychiatry? Lisa Cosgrove, PhD, has something to say about it.

50 Shades of Misdiagnosis

February 18, 2020


"The idea of seeing a patient, not just a diagnostic label, is an extremely valuable lesson. Being primed to see certain behaviors as pathological in certain contexts and perfectly normal in others is something that all doctors should be aware of." -Susannah Cahalan

Reading Linehan in the Age of Critical Psychiatry

February 11, 2020


To read Linehan’s memoir is to realize that she underwent a crucifixion and resurrection of her own, and that the Pontius Pilate in her story is psychiatry itself.

Social Constructionism Meets Aging and Dementia

January 27, 2020


A Conversation in Critical Psychiatry with Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD.