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Vol 10, No 3-4 (2013)
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Community psychiatry between romanticism and positivism — the attemp of integration

Katarzyna Prot-Klinger
Psychiatria 2013;10(3-4):101-108.

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Vol 10, No 3-4 (2013)
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Abstract

This paper will attempt to address the following question: What should modern community psychiatry entail? I will try to discuss key issues, of which the most basic and important can be summed up as: What is mental illness? Is it a permanent change in the brain with all its social consequences, or a way in which we define “others”? Should we build a system of care “for life” or only plan for a crisis? Are the problems associated with “mental illness” within the bounds of the medical system/social assistance, or rather in the area of human rights? Is it possible to integrate these seemingly contradictory attitudes? These basic problems of community psychiatry are discussed in the areas of diagnoses, treatment, forced treatment, housing, work, and patients’ organizations. The challenge ahead now becomes not the deinstutunalisation of hospitals but a complete change of view of what constitutes “mentally ill”.

Abstract

This paper will attempt to address the following question: What should modern community psychiatry entail? I will try to discuss key issues, of which the most basic and important can be summed up as: What is mental illness? Is it a permanent change in the brain with all its social consequences, or a way in which we define “others”? Should we build a system of care “for life” or only plan for a crisis? Are the problems associated with “mental illness” within the bounds of the medical system/social assistance, or rather in the area of human rights? Is it possible to integrate these seemingly contradictory attitudes? These basic problems of community psychiatry are discussed in the areas of diagnoses, treatment, forced treatment, housing, work, and patients’ organizations. The challenge ahead now becomes not the deinstutunalisation of hospitals but a complete change of view of what constitutes “mentally ill”.

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Keywords

community psychiatry, mental illness, DSM-V, patients’ organizations

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Title

Community psychiatry between romanticism and positivism — the attemp of integration

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 10, No 3-4 (2013)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

101-108

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2013;10(3-4):101-108.

Keywords

community psychiatry
mental illness
DSM-V
patients’ organizations

Authors

Katarzyna Prot-Klinger

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