Professor Dinesh Bhugra on refreshing psychiatry

tag cloud, multicoloured words relating to psychiatry, like mental health, treatment and medical.

Psychiatry’s New Era

With admirable clarity and much insight on cultural and social factors in mental health and wellbeing, Professor Dinesh Bhugra is due to take up the Presidency of the World Psychiatric Association.

Symptoms are not the essential focus, rather ‘social functioning’ is key, argues Professor Dinesh in a recent Guardian feature interview by Patrick Strudwick. Click the link to read the full article in the Guardian

and for Professor Bughra’s site,

Professor Dinesh Bhugra.

 

Psychiatry needs Social Anthropology and Sociology

With a polymathic background in not only medicine but in sociology and social anthropology as well, Professor Dinesh heralds in a much needed new era in approaches to mental health across the globe. Not only do patients and citizens need this, psychiatrists and allied professions do too – according to Professor Bughra, morale is at an all time low and much needed services such as day centres and rehabilitation models are currently under erosion.

I am in total agreement with this new approach and hope it will materialise in not only improved services, but services that take account of service users’ views and those of many people who have incorporated what might be termed ‘psychiatric symptoms’ into a creative way of being human – as well as finding ways to improve and boost their own mental health and wellbeing with positive psychology, creative and meaningful activities and various forms of social support. One very uplifting and encouraging story is told by Eleanor Longden, who discovered that many people are voice hearers and that the voices are often attempts to heal, emerging from the inner world (as R. D. Laing and Carl Jung also intuited in days gone by).

While some might argue that psychiatry should drop the  diagnostic ‘labelling’ altogether and that medication should have no place in mental health support, others see the changes required as a more expanded repertoire within the mental health professions,  to include mindfulness, meditation, diet, various healthful activities and especially some form of regular, meaningful occupation. For more detail on these themes see a recent post on Ruby Wax’s book, Sane New World and some recent scholarly work by Joanna Moncrieff, The Bitterest Pills and Rapley et al De-Medicalising Misery.  My own book based on service user perspectives is due out in April 2014, Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health.

I wish you all good mental health and welcome comments, views and suggestions for helpful sites and other media.

Psychiatry tag cloud Image citation and source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Psychiatry_tag_cloud.svg

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Creative Mental Health: Ireland | Subliminal Spaces

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

ALEPOLL'S ART

Artwork and Illustrations by Alessandra Pollicini

The Book Addict's Guide to MBTI:

Literary, Historical & Fictional MBTI

Business Storytelling Tips

By Christoph Trappe

Jack Monroe

The #1 budget recipe website

Wildly and Dangerously Free

When Map and Terrain Differ.... Follow the Terrain

The Alchemist's Studio

Raku pottery, vases, and gifts

spanishwoods

thoughts from the forest

Mark All My Words

First-Person Nature + Culture Photojournalism

Luna

Pen to paper.

EmerDBlog

Arts,Entertainment and Lifestyle from a Northern Irish perspective.

The Good Son

Paul McVeigh

daisy chains & headspace

a place for my words

Life in Yellows

Aren't songs of grief lullabies to the lost?

Tastes of Health

Passionate about Health, Fitness and easily prepared Delicious Food

Life...Take 2

I hope that someone sees this page and decides not to give up...

Rachel

A New Zealander living in Scotland who loves cargo bikes

lifesfinewhine

Beauty Blogger + Lifestyle Blogger+ Food Blogger+ Travel Blogger+ Recipe Blogger

The Circus Gardener's Kitchen

seasonal vegetarian recipes with a side helping of food politics

Praying for Eyebrowz

Doing the best I can with what I have

Authentically Vegan

Serving up authenticity with a side of veganism

Frances V. Hayton, BSc. N. Med, mFNTP

Nourish your body, Renew your health, Love your life!

Sweet & Sorrel

Healthy, Caribbean-inspired recipes.

Jim Maney's Blog

Scene on My Way

Glen Wilson

Poet and Musician

Rails, Whales and Tales

Because the journey itself is the destination

Evelyn Dar

A gay lady writing about gay ladies

Life Stories and Beyond

Our Bodies. Our Families. Our Lives. We all have stories we should share. We're more alike than we know.

RTW Roxy

A girl travelling around the world on a motorcycle.

Squeak of a Nuthatch

Witnessing the Wonderment of Nature

A Wee Bit About Global Health

What two years in the India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and one year in the classroom has taught me

Loving Mental Health

We All Have Mental Health

The Business of Sport

The Business of Sport

Satyagraha Media

making a difference with a polite insistence on truth

Object Relations

"A Word of Substance"

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

Life of Chaz

Exploring What Captivates, Inspires, and Intrigues Us.

John Broderick Writer In Residence 2018-19

at Athlone Library, Westmeath

Code Navy

Let's Keep Talking

Riot Material

Art. Word. Thought.

interests of a quiet taoist

a friendly ordinary human & philosophical nobody. interested in the meaningful, nature of pragmatic virtue & better environments.

The Bibliophagist

Reviewing young adult, new adult, and romance since 2013.

%d bloggers like this: