Often in psychiatric management plans, one may tend to highlight signs and symptoms, overlooking the core cause of these symptoms. This lecture will discuss how a common logical fallacy, the category error, affects our approach to diagnosis in psychiatry impacts the management of patients. It also sheds light on how approaches that rely on evidence-based medicine and precision medicine are not adequate on their own to overcome this logical fallacy without an additional effort to deeply understand and personalize the treatment to the unique individual patient receiving care. The lecture aims to provide practitioners in the field of mental health with insights of how knowing more about patients’ suffering can aid in developing more individualized, and hence more effective, treatment options that fit each patient.
The lecture (~90 minutes) is followed by a period of Q&A from the audience (~37 minutes)
This lecture was invited and organized by the NAFS initiative.