Dennis Charney, M.D.
Dennis Charney, M.D., is deputy chairman of academic and scientific affairs and professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, where he specializes in the neurobiology and drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. He recently edited Neurobiology of Mental Illness (Oxford University Press, 1999).
Are We “Blaming” Brain Chemistry for Mental Illness?
A decade ago, if you told your doctor you were depressed, drinking too much, or having obsessive thoughts, you would have been referred to a psychotherapist to probe your early childhood experiences. Today, your doctor might give you a prescription and one follow up visit. Psychiatrist Dennis Charney and psychologist Elliot Valenstein exchange views on the scientific foundations of biological psychiatry—the understanding of mental illness in terms of the biochemistry of the brain.