Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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Merriam-Websterâs defines âpsychiatryâ as âa branch of medicine that deals with mental, emotional, or behavioral disordersâ; Wikipedia says it is âa medical specialty which exists to study, prevent, and treat mental disorders in humans.â These descriptions do not tell us what the psychiatrist...
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The antipsychiatry movement is often said to be based on my contention that the phenomena psychiatrists call mental illnesses are metaphors and âmyths,â that is, not bona fide medical problems. âA key understanding of âanti-psychiatry,ââ explains Digby Tantam, professor of psychotherapy...
1. Antipsychiatrie: Querulantenwahnsinn
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Prior to the nineteenth century, persons considered mad lived in their own homes, or in the homes of their relatives, or were homeless beggars, vagabonds, wanderers. The forcible expulsions of the âmadâ from their homes and their rehousing in other domiciles began in England in the eighteenth century. The first mental hospitals...
2. Antipsychiatry: Alternative Psychiatry
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Ronald D. Laing and David Cooper were trained and practiced as hospital psychiatrists. Antipsychiatry developed and took place in institutional settingsâfirst in regular (state) mental hospitals, later in alternative mental hospitals named euphemistically, as was Kingsley Hall, Laingâs famous...
3.The Doctor of Irresponsibility
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Laing was the most famous self-identified antipsychiatrist. To be sure, his self-identification was passiveâhe let his collaborator David Cooper name him so. Laing then claimed that he was not an antipsychiatrist and had never been one. So what was all the hullabaloo about? It was about Laingâs persona...
4.The Trickster and the Tricked
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Joseph Berke, an expatriate American psychiatrist, was one of the founders of the so-called antipsychiatry movement in London, in 1967. He served as the guide for Mary Barnes, the woman who âwent downâ at Kingsley Hall, completed her âvoyage through madness,â and âcame back upâââcuredâ or âsaved.â...
5. Antipsychiatry and Anti-Art
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Tristan Tzara, a principal founder of the Dada or so-called anti-art movement, was born in Romania as Samuel Rosenstock. He lived in Paris most of his life and is considered a French avant-garde poet, essayist, performance artist, journalist, playwright, literary and art critic, composer, and film director...
6. Antipsychiatry Abroad
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Before considering the antipsychiatric scene abroad, it is necessary to reconsider the question of who counts as an antipsychiatrist and why.1 Problems of definition and demarcation are not new to psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and the mental health fi eld. The contours of psychoanalysisâspecifically, who...
Epilogue: The Accursed Legacy of Antipsychiatry
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Malcolm LaderâOBE, D.Sc., Ph.D., M.D., FRC Psych., professor of clinical psychopharmacology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of Londonâ castigates me for having limited my psychiatric practice to voluntary patients. No medical practitioner other than a psychiatrist would be criticized by a colleague...
Afterword: Freedom from Violence and Lies
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Some three hundred years ago, mad-doctors began to deprive innocent individuals of liberty. Unsurprisingly, ever since, the practice of involuntary mental hospitalization has been a source of contention as well as sporadic and ineffective criticism...
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Publication Year: 2009