Adrian Preda, M.D., is a Health Sciences Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He received his residency training at Yale, and has been a faculty member at Yale and UT Southwestern, prior to joining University of California Irvine. He also blogs on A Psychiatrist at Large and Manual of Psychiatry.
Psychiatry is a medical discipline like no other, where neuroscience intersects with psychology, philosophy, anthropology, ethics and social policy. Which makes it into a fascinating discipline and also a favorite target for critics who are committed to a unilateral take on mental health and illness. Dr. Preda's view of psychiatry is inter-disciplinary. Biological contributors, psychological mechanisms, and social and cultural factors are all relevant to the understanding of mental health and illness, and will be given equal weight on this blog musings on the human condition.
The purpose of this blog is solely educational. The patients discussed are composite characters. The opinions expressed here are the author's only and are not intended as medical advice, in any form or shape. Dr. Preda can't practice medicine over the web, so please don't ask him to.
This blog is a reflection of the complex issues - mapping somewhere at the intersect between neuroscience, psychology, ethics and social policy - that I encouter in my daily practice of psychiatry.