Interventional psychiatry: why now?

J Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Aug;75(8):895-7. doi: 10.4088/JCP.13l08745.


Interventional psychiatry offers substantial therapeutic benefits in some neuropsychiatric disorders and enormous potential in treating others. However, as interventional diagnostics and therapeutics require specialized knowledge and skill foreign to many psychiatrists, the emerging subspecialty of interventional psychiatry must be more formally integrated into the continuum of psychiatric training to ensure both safe application and continued growth. By establishing training paradigms for interventional psychiatry, academic medical centers can help fill this knowledge gap. The cultivation of a properly trained cohort of interventional psychiatrists will better meet the challenges of treatment-resistant psychiatric illness through safe and ethical practice, while facilitating a more informed development and integration of novel neuromodulation techniques.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / trends*
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy / trends*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Psychiatry / education
  • Psychiatry / trends*
  • Specialization*