Are Mental Disorders Brain Disorders?

  title={Are Mental Disorders Brain Disorders?},
  author={C. Joubert},
  journal={Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry},
  pages={185 - 201}
  • C. Joubert
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine
  • Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry
The mission of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health is to transform understanding and treatment of mental disorders. According to its former director, Dr. Thomas Insel, fundamental to its mission is the proposition that “mental illnesses are brain disorders.” The aim of this article is to examine this proposition and to argue that it does not make sense. As a scientific proposition, it is based on contentious empirical claims, and as a metaphysical proposition, it is consistent with… Expand
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