Conclusions and future directions
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Conclusions and future directions book
The reductionist biomedical model in psychiatry in the past decennia is associated with a steep increase in psychotropic medication prescription but not with better prognosis of psychiatric symptoms. An invalid classification system has supported this worrying development. To understand and better treat psychiatric symptoms, alternatives to the DSM should be investigated. One such an alternative is clinical staging and profiling. Furthermore, it has become apparent that only investigating psychiatric symptoms by including patients with a certain DSM diagnosis in a scientific research design, may not lead to a true understanding of psychiatric symptoms. For a true understanding of psychiatric symptoms we first need to understand a human being and for this we need to take a broader perspective, including insights from philosophers and artists.