A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Monday, August 05, 2013

Psychiatrist Christine Montross discusses the gripping patient encounters that have challenged and deepened her practice. In Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis, she looks at the grave human costs of mental illness and the challenges of diagnosis and treatment, and she confronts the larger question of psychiatry: What is to be done when a patient’s experiences cannot be accounted for, or helped, by what contemporary medicine knows about the brain?


Christine Montross

Comments [5]

Psychiatry will only flail hopelessly in the search for the cause of mental illness until they examine what goes on in people's minds and souls. The brain is not the mind, though they are obviously interrelated. Mental suffering doesn't spurt forth spontaneously from the brain for no reason whatsoever like some psychs would have you believe. Ron form Manhattan - I believe the surgery you suggest already exists - its called a lobotomy - I'm afraid that's the next backwards frontier for these sad practitioners.

Aug. 06 2013 12:46 PM
Vinny from white plains, ny

I'm listening to this show and wishing I could call in. These psychological ailments as described by the author deal with perceptions of reality. I highly, highly recommend the following book: Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century. Is it possible that these ailments are not generated by physical or chemical reactions in the brain but are in fact due to a "filter theory" of the brain? This is the essence of this rather larger book and it is well worth the reading effort for it offers an explanation that not only holds possible hope for the mentally and emotionally ill, but opens us to a wider and broader perspective with regard to certain aspects of our humanity, (i.e. creativity, genius, memory) our interconnected being (i.e. psychic & religious phenomena) and what may lie for us beyond this realm.

Aug. 05 2013 01:58 PM
Ron from Manhattan

I'm sorry, amputating someone's limb(s) because they believe they should have a body with a missing limb, is wrong. The "surgery" should be done on the brain, not the body.

Aug. 05 2013 01:51 PM
a listener

This is a wonderful conversation, but following Amma is not madness. She is an extremely well respected figure in South India and other parts of the world. She has funded many humanitarian projects.

Aug. 05 2013 01:50 PM
John A

Discusdion is very very close to the subject of transsexuality

Aug. 05 2013 01:47 PM

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