The stock phrase that “no biological tests exist in psychiatry” has become a mantra, one of those pieces of conventional wisdom that ensures the field remains “on the couch,” dependent for clinical data on what the patient says. Just imagine cardiology dependent on patients’ verbal accounts of their chest pain. “Hurts here, doc.” Hmmmm, is it heartburn or a heart attack?This is a must read series of articles on the book by Ned Shorter in Psychology Today.
The claim of “no biological tests” is so universally made that non-specialists imagine that it must be true. But it’s not. It’s false.
It includes topics like The DSM System: How it Really Works and