Paradoxical phenomenon in psychiatry



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Garg, V., Pai, N. B., Malesu, R. & Garg, H. (2012). Paradoxical phenomenon in psychiatry. RANZCP 2012: New Zealand Conference: Winds of Change - Nga hau karure: Integrated Care (pp. 44-45). New Zealand: The Conference Company.


Background: The science of mental health is evolving and rapidly changing. The progression that took place since chlorpromazine came into existence such as development in neuro-imaging and neuro-chemistry has changed our understanding of mental health from purely psychological and social to biological means. However, the aetiopathogenesis of mental illness is still hot clear and we still cannot find a reasonable cure to these ailments. The authors in their quest found that psychiatry practice is filled with paradoxes. For example: Epilepsy and ECT: Epilepsy causes mental illness but ECT is used to treat mental illness but their mechanism is unknown. These paradoxes raise more questions. Objectives: the Objective of this paper is to explore about the existences of psychiatry paradoxes that would further guide our search for better understanding and treatment of mental disorders. Methods: Literature Search using existing databases and search engines. Findings: As of this point, the authors found few paradoxes. Epilepsy and ECT, Use of Serotonin receptors blockade and serotonin reuptake enhancers simultaneously, The Authors aims to find more of such phenomenon in their search and present the findings at the conference Conclusions: The Authors conclude that psychiatry paradoxes exist and confuse our evidence based delivery of services. The current exploration would give direction into future research.

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