Mental illness: five hard questions

Nikolas RoseProfessor Rose is one of our leading contemporary social scientists. Currently he is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College, London. In the talk, Professor Rose characterises the ‘territory’ of mental illness today by posing five hard questions that seem to represent genuine empirical, conceptual, professional and ethical dilemmas. The questions are: Is there an ‘epidemic’ of mental disorder? Does the path to understanding mental disorder lie through the brain? What is the role of diagnosis and of diagnostic manuals? Should we seek early identification of those at risk of future mental pathology? What is the place of patients, users, survivors, consumers in the mental health system?

hat tip Mad in America

A thoughtful lecture indeed.  It’s a complex and academic analysis. I’m still watching.

Just for the record, this is not how I generally consider mental health issues, but it’s an interesting exercise to follow the discourse and I also believe  it’s important to be fluent in different methods of approaching these issues for the sake of dialogue and communication with everyone interested in the mental well-being of all of us on this planet today.

Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind — Nikolas Rose

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