History of Psychiatry

First Psychiatrist Accepts Nobel Prize in Medicine: December 1927

December 10, 2019

Psychiatric Times begins a new series: “Looking Back to Look Forward: This Month in Psychiatry.” Contributors from across the globe will take the opportunity to point out both notable and neglected figures, topics, and developments in the history of psychiatry.

Before Personality: Character Assessment and Its Troubled History

August 26, 2019

The 20th century introduced a number of new concepts to psychiatry and clinical psychology. One of the most influential has been the notion of personality.

The History and Value of Guidelines for Best Practices of Telemental Health

August 22, 2019

Telepsychiatry has its origins in the 1950s and has moved from an esoteric curiosity to mainstream practice. However, it has been challenged along the way at many turns.

The Structure of Psychiatric Revolutions

June 27, 2019

An interview with Dr Anne Harrington, who offers a stimulating and thought-provoking historical perspective on the evolution of biological psychiatry from the German histopathologists to the present time in her recent book.

Social Misuse of Disorder Designation, Part III: Harm and Ethical Validity

May 08, 2019

At a minimum, a mental disorder is considered an undesirable and unwanted condition either for the individual or the society. However, that is clearly very relativistic and does little to protect against social misuse of disorder designation.

Social Misuse of Disorder Designation, Part II: The Dysfunction Defense

May 08, 2019

A dysfunction-based defense against misuse of disorder designation has serious conceptual deficiencies, is vulnerable to social biases, and offers very little protection in practice.

Social Misuse of Disorder Designation, Part I: Conceptual Defenses

May 08, 2019

Part 1 of a three-part series on a pertinent philosophical question in the era of diagnostic inflation: What conceptual means are available to prevent deviant and undesirable behavioral conditions from being diagnosed as mental disorders as a result of social bias and stigma?

Looking at the Past and Forward to the Future

March 25, 2019

We have come a long way in psychiatry, but we are still at the beginning of the story of understanding the human brain.

Jacques Lacan: The Best and Least Known Psychoanalyst

December 19, 2018

Lacan has a devoted following throughout much of the non-English-speaking world (where he is the best-known psychoanalyst) but he is mostly unknown to the English-speaking psychiatric community (where he is the least-known psychoanalyst).

Five Trends in Historical Research on Psychiatry and Mental Health

December 04, 2018

An assessment of what has been accomplished, how the field is changing, and new directions for scholarship as we forge ahead into the next year.