BMJ blog says she'll be "deeply concerned" if new and better mental health treatments don't grow out of a deeper understanding of brain function. I haven't written a piece potentially undermining a trainee for a while (eg. see previous post) and I don't want to dull Lynall's enthusiasm, but I worry it's misdirected. I don't know what she means about "improved understanding of the neuroscience behind psychiatric disease ... recently".
I'm sure there'll be different medications introduced in coming years but whether they'll be any better than placebo is open to question. She worries that she won't be able to "explain the complex neurobiology of conditions such as depression, addiction, and psychosis to patients in an understandable way" and I agree this might not make sense. I hope she learns how to do the fundamentals of a history, mental state and formulation of people's problems (see previous post).
I don't understand why the Royal College of Psychiatrists is only reviewing its teaching of neuroscience and not its whole training. I guess it's easier to get funding just to look at neuroscience. Simon Wessely denies that this initiative reflects a biomedical bias but it would be nice to see a more balanced response from the College to improve training. I've said before we need to train open-minded psychiatrists (eg. see previous post). We need to return to modern psychiatry's educational roots in Adolf Meyer and Aubrey Lewis.