Conversations in Critical Psychiatry

Psychiatry’s Intellectual Crisis: Giovanni Fava, MD

September 17, 2020

"It is simply wishful thinking to believe that one course of treatment may entail the solution to problems that we encounter in complex cases," says Dr Fava. Dr Aftab explores a multitude of issues in psychiatry and science in this interview.

Psychoanalysis and the Re-Enchantment of Psychiatry: Jonathan Shedler, PhD

July 29, 2020

In this interview, Dr Aftab and Dr Shedler discuss the relationship between the psychoanalytic worldview and the medical model, and they reexamine the role of psychodynamic psychotherapy in contemporary psychiatry and psychology.

The Many Histories of Biological Psychiatry: Anne Harrington, DPhil

July 20, 2020

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.

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. 

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.