|About the Book|
Beyond Mental Illness describes a bold new vision for a biologically based method of assessment and treatment of those called the “mentally” ill. This approach targets precise biomarkers and risk factors. Rather than assessing behavior-based labels,MoreBeyond Mental Illness describes a bold new vision for a biologically based method of assessment and treatment of those called the “mentally” ill. This approach targets precise biomarkers and risk factors. Rather than assessing behavior-based labels, new individualized diagnoses are needed based on the biology of the brain. Part I, “How We Got Here,” begins with an historical overview of the evolution of diagnoses. Moyer then traces current threats to brain health and factors that have prevented the evolution of more useful diagnostic systems. Personalized health care is presented as a solution to the prevailing symptoms-based model. The second part, “Where We Are Going,” illustrates for the reader empirically-based, measurable and treatable biomedical disorders, the likes of which could form the basis of a dynamic and effective diagnostic system.“A great writer -- clear and to the point, accurate and well informed. Packs a lot into a small space and does a great job of summarizing a broad literature base into a compelling story.” Dr Stephanie Seneff, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.“…provides a critical review of the history of the DSM-5 and factors that prevent its much-needed evolution, but also gives us a model for improving it…. Psychiatry, in contrast to the rest of medicine, generally does not assess the organ or the biological systems that it treats. Drug treatments have a mixed record--from ineffective to dangerous. They reduce symptoms but at what cost? Science-based interventions work in my practice and the practices of other healthcare providers who individualize assessment and treatment. At a time when “out of the box” perspectives and solutions are sorely needed, Moyer, after having exhaustively researched the medical peer-reviewed literature, provides an abundance of them.” Hyla Cass, MD, author.“Fabulous contribution to the field! Thank God for those in the trenches trying to help others. My congratulations and gratitude to you. This book should be required reading for every psychiatrist, infectious disease doc, and anyone working in the mental health field.” Allison Ashley, PhD.