"Chemical Imbalance" was debunked earlier this year when APA President Steven Sharfstien finally admittted there is no such test, and now the "decade of the brain" house of cards is coming down on the "brain imaging" garbage that psychiatrists have fed the public for years.
By Benedict Carey
October 18, 2005
Can Brain Scans See Depression?
They seem almost alive: snapshots of the living human brain.
Not long ago, scientists predicted that these images, produced by sophisticated brain-scanning techniques, would help cut through the mystery of mental illness, revealing clear brain abnormalities and allowing doctors to better diagnose and treat a wide variety of disorders. And nearly every week, it seems, imaging researchers announce another finding, a potential key to understanding depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety.
Yet for a variety of reasons, the hopes and claims for brain imaging in psychiatry have far outpaced the science, experts say.
After almost 30 years, researchers have not developed any standardized tool for diagnosing or treating psychiatric disorders based on imaging studies.