KEYNOTE PAPER: WHAT IS PSYCHIATRY? What really blocks the development of community services and the person (with a mental disorder) as protagonist of their own life?

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Authors: Giuseppe Dell’Acqua, Italy

Year: 2010

Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765364

Abstract: When the psychiatrist truly questions what psychiatry is, what it does and what its knowledge base is, he (or she) discovers that he cannot even rely on objective and scientific certainty. Traditional psychiatry has produced and still produces knowledge and tools which can have a devastating impact on people's lives, hence the need to question the psychiatric paradigm and hence the moral imperative to close the asylums. It is this real "discovery" that can bring about possible changes in psychiatric care and can above all restore to people with mental disorders the possibility of protecting and maintaining their personal rights to citizenship:

The person achieves their own sense of individuality through the fabric of private, social and community relationships.
The person succeeds in moving on from the flat terrain of mental disorder to access and promote a wider range of personal identities.
How this paradigm shift addresses the needs of the person within culturally diverse societies.

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