René J. Muller graduated from the University of Notre Dame, received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He has interviewed over 3,000 psychiatric patients in the emergency room at Union Memorial Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, both in Baltimore, MD, and wrote two books based on this experience: Psych ER (2004) and Doing Psychiatry Wrong (2008). Other books include The Marginal Self (1987), Anatomy of a Splitting Borderline (1994) and Beyond Marginality (1998). Muller has been a regular contributor to Psychiatric Times, a peer reviewer for the annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress and is a review editor for The Humanistic Psychologist and Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology. He was a research associate and an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His most recent book is The Four Domains of Mental Illness (FDMI) (2018), an approach to classifying and diagnosing mental illness based on the psychobiology of Adolf Meyer, the Johns Hopkins perspectives of psychiatry and the insights of existential psychiatry.
In the conversation I had with Dr. Muller, which you can see on YouTube (link), he recommends the book Finding the Right Psychiatrist: A Guide for Discerning Consumers by Robert L. Taylor, MD as a guide for people to identify the right therapist.
There are two articles he mentioned during our discussion. The first is The Synergy Created by Consolidating Adolf Meryer's Psychobiology and Existential Psychiatry and the second is The Four Domains of Mental Illness (FDMI): An Alternative to the DSM-5
This PDF provides an overview of the Four Domains and is offered with the permission of Dr. René Muller.
Filled with valuable information and resources from innovators and books to social media influencers and articles, this guide provides a solid foundation for your healing journey.
Here are the questions I pose to anyone I am considering entrusting my mental health to.