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Psychiatry should abandon ‘disease-centred’ approach: expert

Psychiatrists should move away from a “disease-centred” approach towards one which better meets the needs of patients, says a visiting US psychiatrist.

Speaking at a mental health event in Sydney, Dr Sandra Steingard, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont, said psychiatry has been captured by an approach that focuses on drugs to correct abnormal brain chemistry.

This approach

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