complexity science

Studying Mental Health Problems as Systems, Not Syndromes

This article by Eiko I. Fried has been published in Sage Journals. The abstract says: “Despite decades of clinical, sociopolitical, and research efforts, progress in understanding and treating mental health problems remains disappointing. I discuss two barriers that have contributed to…
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Systems all the way down: embracing complexity in mental health research

This editorial by Eiko Fried and Donald Robinaugh has been published in BMC Medicine. The abstract says: “In this editorial for the collection on complexity in mental health research, we introduce and summarize the inaugural contributions to this collection: a series…
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Think of mental disorders as the mind’s ‘sticky tendencies’

This article by Kristopher Nielsen has been published in Aeon. It begins: “What exactly are mental disorders? The answer to this question is important because it informs how researchers should go about trying to explain mental disorders, how the public responds…
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Causation and evidence-based practice an ontological review

This paper – from Prof. Roger Kerry, Thor Eriksen, Prof. Svein Anders Noer Lie, Prof. Stephen Mumford, and Dr. Rani Anjum – has been published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. The abstract says: “This paper explores the nature…
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The Philosophy of Complexity

The emerging field of Complexity Science is highly relevant to the ecological paradigm for mental health that we are proposing. In  The Philosophy of Complexity , Chris Lucas identifies three main strands in complexity thought: Systems thinking (incorporating cybernetics) which relates to non-specific systems. Organic thinking (including evolution) relating…
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An interactive introduction to attractor landscapes

The concept of  attractor landscapes is part of the emerging field of Complexity Science. It connects to systems theory and in particular to an understanding of complex adaptive systems. The human brain – perhaps the most complex phenomenon in the known universe…
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Thinking about complexity in health

Complexity Science is an emerging field that is highly relevant to the subject of healthcare in general and mental healthcare in particular. Related to this field are subjects such as complex adaptive systems, complexity theory and systems thinking. “ Thinking about complexity in health: A systematic review of the key systems thinking and complexity ideas in health ”…
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The Value of Systems and Complexity Sciences for Healthcare

This book, edited by Prof. Joachim P. Sturmberg, is based on the proceedings of the 1st International Conference of Systems and Complexity for Healthcare. The publishers say: “This visionary reframing of health and healthcare uses a complexity science approach to…
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