Challenging the Mental Health Establishment with Proposed Changes

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At the present time, countless mentally ill citizens across America, are suffering beyond belief, simply because they are being stigmatized, and not being given the care that they so desperately need. To that end, renowned author, Stefan Lerner, M.D., decided to address the rapidly escalating demand for mental health awareness and advocates, by writing an excellent book entitled: “The Treacherous Dichotomy: Physical Versus Mental Illness”.

Challenging the Establishment to Treat Mental Illness in a Different Way

In his newly released book, Lerner throws down a challenge regarding the concept of “mental” illness, while simultaneously taking an up close look at the current medical system. Lerner, who boasts more than 40 years experience in the field of clinical psychopharmacology, utilizes his comprehensive experience to teach readers about the insensitive and commonly used “mental” illness label, and the negative feelings it generates. Instead, he advocates a new label which he has introduced, namely: “neuriatric” illness. He states that this is more representative of the spectrum of mental health illnesses, as they are in fact, neurological disorders, as opposed to conditions which can be ameliorated by mental willpower alone. This however, is a very awkward word for people to say, and an abbreviated version such as a “neuri” illness may work far better.

The Fruits of Lerner’s Research

Lerner’s in-depth studies into America’s mental health care system, brought him to conclude that: in order to offer accurate treatment, and successfully treat mental health issues such as neurological illnesses; and remove stigma, medics should concentrate on the physical brain and its pathologies.

Further, the author believes that as soon as society at large changes its perspective, and regards mental illness as a brain illness, then patients will suffer less. He notes: “The so-called ‘mental healthcare system’ is confusing, inefficient and deficient in competence. Thousands suffer and millions of dollars are wasted. I hope the teachings in my book can be a force for change”.

About the Author

Stefan Lerner, MD, works as a clinical psychopharmacologist. He attained his M.D., at the New York University School of Medicine, after which he attended the Bellevue Medical Center, where he concluded his residency. He holds a board certification in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. At the present time, Lerner is based in Princeton, N.J., where has a private practice. Thousands of patients have been successfully treated by him here, and it is this vast experience, and extensive record of treatment protocols, and the outcomes, that have contributed to his advanced knowledge and expertise. This in turn, has empowered him to fine tune the service he provides, and make positive suggestions to those in the same field.

Lerner is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology diplomat; as well as a member of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the American Medical Association.