The traumatic power struggle withing mental health

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on June 25, 2019 @ 6:24 am

An article I contributed to for the Morning Star


“ONE of the most vitriolic power struggles between professional groups is happening now and goes to the very essence of what is, or is not, mental illness.

Squaring off against each other are those who believe in a biomedical or genetic basis to mental illness (in the main, psychiatrists) and those who believe mental illness is a natural response to a threat or trauma (mainly psychologists).

At the root of it, is the battle between professions for legitimacy. Who should be controlling the narrative and who should be informing policy? Yet forgotten are the service users who are most affected by such policy arguments at this level.

The result is a confused message about mental health. For all the campaigns to reduce stigma for those with a mental illness, there is a significant crowd of voices rubbishing the very idea of mental illness, whether it is biological or from trauma

continue reading: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/traumatic-power-struggle-within-mental-health


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