Human pheromones and mental illness

Will knowledge of human pheromones ever be incorporated into psychiatry and psychology?

Scientific American April 30, 2013 New DSM-5 Ignores Biology of Mental Illness By Ferris Jabr

Excerpt: The latest edition of psychiatry’s standard guidebook neglects the biology of mental illness. New research may change that

My comment: The title of this article proclaims defeat for researchers like me who have advocated incorporation of neuroscience in peer-reviewed publications. See for example, in Kohl (2012), published in Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology: Section head: “Integration of olfactory/pheromonal conditioning into clinical psychology: The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) policy statement

The Public Policy Statement: Definition of Addiction (ASAM, 2011) represents a paradigm shift that may move the current practice of clinical psychology forward. It dictates the adoption and integration of neuroscientific principles that are required in order to understand differences between genetically predisposed brain disease, naturally occurring variations of behavioral development, and choice. These neuroscientific principles include focus on how sensory input influences behavior.”

Others can now continue to justifiably ignore neuroscientific principles as they always have. However, ignorance will not benefit those affected by mental illness.

Author: James Kohl

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