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A Prescription for PsychiatryPromote Health and Well-being

A Prescription for Psychiatry: Promote Health and Well-being [The alternative to traditional, disease-model, mental health care that I’m outlining rejects the notion that we are (or should be) ‘treating illnesses’. ‘Diagnosis’ is an inadequate method for describing the complex pattern of needs experienced by people in the real world, and medical accounts of ‘aetiology’ (medical language for causes) are misleading in attempting to explain their origins. We shouldn’t make the error of assuming that our business is to ‘treat illness’. Worse, with regard to social and personal problems — stressful and vulnerable employment conditions, financial austerity, social deprivation, inequalities, trauma, crime, abuse and bullying — it is wholly wrong to be aware of such threats to our well-being, but then wait until the early signs or ‘symptoms’ of distress to emerge before offering help. And of course it is inappropriate to have to rely on medication and other biological ‘treatments’. But rather than merely complaining, we need to set out an alternative. So what should we do?] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Prescription for PsychiatryPromote Health and Well-being

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
ISBN
978-1-137-40870-9
Pages
102 –125
DOI
10.1057/9781137408716_5
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The alternative to traditional, disease-model, mental health care that I’m outlining rejects the notion that we are (or should be) ‘treating illnesses’. ‘Diagnosis’ is an inadequate method for describing the complex pattern of needs experienced by people in the real world, and medical accounts of ‘aetiology’ (medical language for causes) are misleading in attempting to explain their origins. We shouldn’t make the error of assuming that our business is to ‘treat illness’. Worse, with regard to social and personal problems — stressful and vulnerable employment conditions, financial austerity, social deprivation, inequalities, trauma, crime, abuse and bullying — it is wholly wrong to be aware of such threats to our well-being, but then wait until the early signs or ‘symptoms’ of distress to emerge before offering help. And of course it is inappropriate to have to rely on medication and other biological ‘treatments’. But rather than merely complaining, we need to set out an alternative. So what should we do?]

Published: Oct 24, 2015

Keywords: Mental Health; Physical Health; Mental Health Problem; Mental Health Care; Clinical Psychologist

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