Biological markers in psychiatric disorders
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Some people doubt if psychiatric diseases are real because it is not possible to do a biological test to confirm that someone is suffering from a DSM psychiatric disorder. The main reason that there are no biological tests is not that there are no biological abnormalities in psychiatric disorders, but that the DSM categories are not valid biological entities. Furthermore, if one tries to reduce a DSM psychiatric disorder to a biological substrate in the brain, one ends up empty handed, because a psychiatric disorder is partly a disorder of the mind. There is a biological component in many psychiatric disorders, but other components concern social relationships, the environment, etcetera. But this does not imply that psychiatric diseases are less real than, for example, pulmonary diseases. It is important to gain more insight into the transdiagnostic biological mechanisms that play a role in the origin and maintenance of psychiatric symptoms in relationship to other components.