S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH

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The Postmodern Assumptions of the Biopsychosocial Approach

January 27, 2020

Early on, psychiatry accepted the idea that unconscious psychology affected the body to cause disease. By the 1970s, the rise of psychiatric drugs pushed the field in a biological direction, and by the 1980s, psychoanalysis was in full retreat, at least in the halls of psychiatric power. S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, adds to the debate.

Bipolar Disorder: Update on Diagnosis

May 06, 2014

Is bipolar disorder overdiagnosed? Underdiagnosed? Neither? In this podcast, Dr S. Nassir Ghaemi offers his perspective on those questions.

Science and “Pragmatism” in DSM: A Question of Priorities

December 19, 2013

"The main problem here is not that past DSM leaders were derelict or purely political. The problem is that they now say that they would place science below pragmatism," according to this clinician.

Why DSM-III, IV, and 5 are Unscientific

October 14, 2013

If science is defined as some kind of systematic study of observed experience applied to hypotheses or theories, and then confirmation or refutation of those hypotheses or theories, followed by new hypotheses or theories that are further tested and refined by new observations – if this is the core of any scientific inquiry, I think that no objective observer can attribute the history of DSM-III, IV, and 5 to anything that approximates this process.

Requiem for DSM

July 18, 2013

This psychiatrist's wish is that in one more generation, our profession will learn to go beyond DSM to the truths of science.