Former NIMH Director Writes of Crisis in Psychiatry

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Psychiatrist Steven Hyman,  former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and current director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research (MIT and Harvard), explores how the pharmaceutical industry’s “significantly decreased” funding for new medications is due to the fact that “the molecular and cellular underpinnings of psychiatric disorders remain unknown; there is broad disillusionment with the animal models used for decades to predict therapeutic efficacy; psychiatric diagnoses seem arbitrary and lack objective tests; and there are no validated biomarkers with which to judge the success of clinical trials.”

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