This article discusses the reasons for, and effects of, the huge and enduring power differential between those deemed to be 'mentally ill' and the psychiatric professionals employed to help them.
The stigma suffered by users of psychiatric services can be more disabling than the actual mental health problems. This hub discusses how professional staff unintentionally stigmatise their patients.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that has been shown to be effective for a wide range of mental health problems. However, some people are more likely to benefit from this form of psychological treatment than others. In this hub, seven questions are posed that will help ...
Anti-psychotic drugs are widely used within psychiatric services as a first-line treatment of schizophrenia. A review is presented of the short-term and long-term effectiveness of anti-psychotics in reducing the distress associated with hallucinations and delusions, together with a discussion about...
Over the last 200 years, the psychiatric profession has been guilty of inflicting interventions on the 'mentally ill' that have ranged from eccentric to the sadistic. Although packaged as being for the good of the individual or society, the recipients of these so called treatments, the mentally...
Anti-depressants are less effective than commonly claimed by doctors and drug-companies. Despite this, anti-depressant drugs are prescribed for millions of people across the developed world. Twelve snippets of information are provided to convey a more realistic picture of their utility.