Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The biologization of psychiatry

Universal Acid has a great post on the use of biologic markers to diagnose psychiatric illness. On one hand, using a gene expression profile to diagnose mental illness is a great leap forward, especially when the diagnosis is not clear cut (Is my child bipolar or adhd?) But, what if you "present with all the classic signs of major depression but then get your blood test and...[are] told that you're not "really" depressed?"