One of the most important articles I have ever read on the issue of mental health. Human beings and their minds are far too complex for their problems to be solved by the narrow biochemical approach favoured by many psychiatrists.
Patients are being shunned in the mistaken belief they have biological defects. In fact the evidence shows that most have endured traumas
Illustration by Nate Kitch
Friday 26 February 2016 07.00 GMT
It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled, or even worse, hurt. Last week the BBC ran a well-intentioned season about mental health that, unfortunately, gave a completely lopsided view of psychiatry.
The headline programme was Stephen Fry’s The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years on. Like many mental health professionals, I have enormous respect for Fry’s openness about his mental health. I also feel a personal sympathy towards him: we were both boarders at Uppingham school, Rutland, in the early 70s (though he has no reason to remember me). Our unhappy experiences there have no doubt helped to shape our pathways since, which have converged many years later on a shared interest in mental health – in my case as a clinical psychologist and researcher.
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