Trouble in Mind: An Unorthodox Introduction to Psychiatry

What are Minds Good For?

Has Psychiatry Lost its Mind?

Psychiatrists, who are also medical doctors, will tell you that we don't know what causes mental illness, or they may talk vaguely about chemical imbalances and the effects of stress. Psychiatry lacks a comprehensive model of how the mind works.

Medicine depends on mechanistic models—that's why medical students spend a large part of their education learning them. Why should psychiatry be different from the rest of medicine? The lack of any coherent way to explain mental illness remains a serious gap in the education of anyone in the helping professions, not just psychiatrists, because mental illness affects all aspects of health care.

My book, Trouble in Mind, aims to fill that gap.