While some fight over psychiatry, others are forging better ways ahead

von freakoutcrazy

The subject of mental health and illness often raises philosophical and ethical issues and fundamental questions revolve around the definition of mental illness – how are health and illness defined, who makes these decisions and if treatment can be imposed against the will of an individual?

The 1960s saw the emergence of figures in the anti-psychiatry movement, such as RD Laing, who challenged the power of psychiatry and the psychiatric profession. Such critics attacked psychiatry – and still do – as a “pseudo-science” that can’t provide empirical evidence to support the claims made for the consistency of diagnosis and efficacy of medication.