150: Is Psychiatry Crazy?—Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, MD
Does the practice of psychiatry bring answers to suffering people or just more questions? How scientific is what we call psychiatry (as opposed to psychology), and how can it be integrated into the Christian faith? Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, MD has written about and pondered these questions deeply as a professor of psychiatry at the University of California Irvine and in private practice. This exchange of ideas and historical perspectives sheds a lot of light on questions Catholics and other Christians have about the world of psychiatry.
In this episode you will learn
- How the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is used, and what are its limits and biases
- The clinical benefits of the Sacrament of Confession as opposed to talk therapy or medication
- Whether the rise of medication-based methods have been a net gain for patients overall
- How psychiatry and a Catholic anthropology can work in tandem to help people
- The impact of secularism and materialism on contemporary psychiatry
- How depressed people react to news media accounts of celebrity suicide
- How the Papagino Effect can provide inspiration and hope for suffering souls
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Catholic Guide to Depression by Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, MD with Father John Cihak
- “Killer Show” essay in First Things by Aaron Kheriaty
- Hope When Hope Seems Gone interview with Aaron Kheriaty on The Patrick Coffin Show
- Dr. Aaron Kheriaty’s website: www.aaronkheriaty.com.
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