Psychiatric Disorders: Are They “Dynamical Diseases”?

  • Hinderk Emrich
  • Charlotte Hohenschutz
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 58)


The introduction of the concept of “dynamical diseases” into theoretical medicine by M.C. Mackey and U. an der Heiden (1982), addressing especially the possible role of dynamical systems and the interpretation of “transitions” as bifurcations within them, raises the question of whether psychiatric disorders may be interpreted in this way. A speciality of psychiatric disorders may be that these disorders differ from other nosologies insofar as there appears to exist an unescapable dichotomy between physiological variables and the “mentalese” (cf. Table 1). The type of “language” in which one may try to clarify the difficulties of the mind-body problem is based here on the terminology of Donald MacKay, using the distinction between “mind talk” and “brain talk” (1965). A reconstruction of the “missing link” between these two phenomenological types of “languages” may be interpreted as a “hypersystemic” code which contains the ability to generate “intentionality”.


Psychiatric Disorder Affective Disorder Sleep Deprivation Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Psychiatric Disease 
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  • Charlotte Hohenschutz

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