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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2010.8.1.266

Quantum Psychiatry: A New Paradigm?

S. Nassir Ghaemi M.D., MPH.

Abstract

Psychiatry needs to get beyond dogmatism (biological reductionism or psychoanalytic orthodoxy) and eclecticism (the biopsychosocial model). There may be no solution to this dilemma beyond a method-based psychiatry, in which different methods are used for different purposes. In this brief commentary, I discuss another alternative: the potential role of an integrated theory of brain and mind based on quantum mechanical concepts, seeking to solve the central problem of how the parallel processing networks of the brain are translated into the sequential experience of mind.

Keywords

psychiatry, quantum mechanics, quantum psychiatry

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