Psychiatry: A specific crisis or a generalized crisis?

Author/s Benedetto Saraceno
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/1 Language Italian
Pages 6 P. 67-72 File size 94 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2023-001007
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The current crisis of Italian psychiatry probably depends on a diminished drive for innovation in the field mental health, on a political climate that gives voice to conservative and pseudo-progressive psychiatry, and on a certain laziness of anti-institutional psychiatry to look to the fu-ture rather than the past, producing new theoretical reflections and further innovations in liberation practices. All these factors determine the strengthening of psychiatry in its most conservative, dehumanizing and institutional forms. But how much all this is to be attributed exclusively to a crisis of psychiatry, including the anti-institutional one, or, and more generally, to the dramatic absence of collective thought and practices of liberation and justice, is a question that needs to be studied.

Keywords: Psychiatry; Mental health; Deinstitutionalization; Human Rights; Survivors

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Benedetto Saraceno, Psichiatria: crisi specifica o crisi generalizzata? in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2023, pp 67-72, DOI: 10.3280/PU2023-001007