How is my piece anti-psychiatry? I’m applauding the work of a pioneering psychiatrist. I think it’s shocking that talking therapies play such a little or even non existent role in treatment for psychosis – instead people are put on heavy doses of tranquillisers not just for the duration of an episode but for life. And how many psychiatrists have the courage to question the status quo? Why is it left to psychologists to point out the obvious – that it’s better to treat human beings like human beings? Why is psychiatrists’ sense of self-worth so weak that any criticism of their methods immediately deemed ‘anti-psychiatry’?

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Fellow @ Centre for the History of the Emotions. Author of Philosophy for Life, Art of Losing Control, and new book Breaking Open www.philosophyforlife.org

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