Often, we wonder if an individual’s behavioral problems stem from an unwillingness or inability to change. We also want to know if appropriate medications can improve their condition. Let’s look at these two issues.
The brain directs our behaviors, which stem not simply from reflexive patterns but from complex internal processes. Reflexes respond to specific stimuli and always generate the same response, e.g., after tapping a knee, the leg extends. Although reflexes are simple behaviors involving a two-neuron circuit within the spinal cord–one neuron providing the input and the other providing the output–they are also part of the central nervous system, which includes the brain. Continue reading Why Should We Understand the Brain and Not Just the Mind for Successful Psychiatric Treatment?