Editorial in The Lancet refers to press release from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about recruitment to psychiatry, a subject which I have commented on in a previous post. It suggests that psychiatry needs to "realign itself as a key biomedical specialty at the heart of mental health", without explaining what it means by this.
The APA medical director (who did not excel in his response to a hunger strike by survivors in 2003 - see my article) says that this is an exciting time for psychiatry because there have been "more scientific developments in the field than ever before". Of course there is plenty of scientific work going on in psychiatry but he might ignite more interest by questioning what it is really being achieved. Nor are APA promotional videos such as 'The faces of psychiatry' and 'Real psychiatry: Doctors in action' going to stimulate young doctors when they make such trite statements as mental illness is "a misnomer" as it is really brain disease and that mental illness is "no different from heart disease and hypertension" without any discussion of the issues.