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Duncan Double
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Director, Institute of Critical Psychiatry http://institute.criticalpsychiatry.org.uk
Director, Institute of Critical Psychiatry http://institute.criticalpsychiatry.org.uk

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Wider measures of IAPT outcomes needed
Oliver James has posted references on his website , which he mentioned in his talk given at the Limbus Critical Psychotherapy conference on 'Challenging the Cognitive Behavioural Therapies: The Overselling of CBT's Evidence Base'. The essential point he was...

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Critical psychiatry is part of medicine
I mentioned on my personal blog (see post ) that I am going back to Cambridge University in the autumn to do a PhD in Psychology on "The foundations of critical psychiatry". I'm glad I did a psychology degree when I was younger, otherwise I wouldn't have be...

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Overemphasis on disease entities in psychosis
I have mentioned in a previous post that Jim van Os wants to abandon the term 'schizophrenia'. In a follow up article , Guloksuz and he essentially argue for a unitary model of psychosis. However, in a way, this is missing the point. They acknowledge the "l...

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Giving up the disease model of mental disorder
I mentioned in my Lancet Psychiatry letter that doctors, because of their medical training, have difficulty in giving up the disease model of mental disorder. Yet this is what the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) would encourage them to do (see positio...

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Rights-based reform of the Mental Health Act
At the recent General Election, the Conservative Party said that it would replace the 1983 Mental Health Act in England and Wales with new laws tackling "unnecessary detention" (see BBC News story ). Their manifesto said:- We will ... reform outdated laws t...

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Mental health as a global health priority
I have mentioned previously (see post ) the value of implicating mental health as one of the United Nations sustainable development goals. As pointed out by the Special Rapporteur (see previous post) ,  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  includes ...

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Critical psychiatry position adopted by United Nations
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, has produced a r eport which focuses on the right of everyone to mental health (see press release ). It is the result of extensive consultations among a wide range of stakeholders,...

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"Deconstructing" American psychiatry
My previous post mentioned the recent AAPP conference on critical psychiatry. At this conference, Nev Jones proposed Derridean deconstruction as a starting point for an American critical psychiatry. As I mentioned, the American Psychiatric Association (APA)...
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