Is Psychiatry Turning Into Neurology?
Posted by Dr. Vollmer on February 17, 2016
I went to a Psychiatry Grand Rounds yesterday where the topic was “Post-stroke Apathy,” presented by a neurologist, describing the brain mechanisms of personality change. Suddenly, the obvious hit me. “Do you think that the future of psychiatry is that it will be folded into neurology and the psychiatry field, as we know it, will simply die?” I asked my friend and colleague sitting next to me, hoping she would protest the notion, but instead, she looked at me with a clear expression of “duh”. Oh my, it is that clear, and oh my, I have been in denial, and oh my, I really am a dinosaur. Psychiatry is trying to understand the brain, not the mind, and as such, it has more in common with neurology than psychology, and so there you have it. Neurobehaviorists, will perhaps be the new name for Psychiatrists. Therapy will, in the future, be done by mostly non-MDs, since very few MDs are getting psychotherapy training, and the little they do get, is not enough to sustain a career of deep thinking about human motivation. Landscapes change, and so it is.