Psychiatry is a branch of medical science that essentially deals with deviations that occur in the behaviour, thoughts and emotions of human beings.
Thoughts, emotions and behaviour are functions of the brain. It follows that psychiatry is a discipline that deals with brain functions.
The number of brain dysfunctions that are of interest to psychiatry, rises with every day. Or, to say it more accurately, we have only recently started to understand and define pathological states.
Psychology as a science is still in its developmental stage. Most disorders are diagnosed and followed up on the basis of subjective criteria.
Nevertheless, at least with major psychiatric disorders the reliability and validity of diagnostic criteria is still of adequate level. Studies based on these criteria show that psychiatric interventions that act on the brain, have the power to change and treat.
There are two main approaches in psychiatry. The first one is referred to as the “Dynamic” approach, the second one is the “Biological” approach. In my opinion both of these approaches should be applied as they support one another. I believe that this is important if we are dealing with the human being as a whole.
The “Dynamic” approach suggests that pathological states do not set in by coincidence. I fully believe in this. From the point of view of statistical science, if we know all the precessors of a case, then we can predict the probability of its occurrence with 100% accuracy. This principle supports the main assumption of dynamic psychiatry I mentioned above. In other words, all abnormal emotions, behaviours and thoughts arise with certain precessors. To understand and recognize these precessors requires a knowledge of the main principles of psychiatry.
On the other hand, the “Biological” approach too has a strong argument. According to this approach the brain is located in the intersection point of the whole universe! All physical, organic, social, psychological, economic, historical, even geographical events and many cosmic events are perceived by the brain, processed, assessed and then presented in the form of an output. Clearly it is not possible to understand the human being and the changes that occur in him without first acknowledging this fact.
In short, my vision is to understand and help the human being as a bio-psycho-social whole, in the light of dynamic and biological psychiatric criteria.