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Derek Bolton: Mental health, Power and Politics

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"Mental health, power and politics: linking together some recent developments"

Mental health here refers to a range of issues including the difficulties that bring people to the clinic and the way those issues are conceptualised and responded to by the various stakeholders and the clinical sciences. By power and politics I refer to regulation by families, neighbours, state and nonstate actors of constructions, responses and information about mental health. I will outline linkages between some main developments from around the mid-20th century to the present such as the 1960s critiques of psychiatry; state abuse of power; work on decreasing stigma; definitions of mental disorder in the psychiatric textbooks; mental health activism; blurring of genetic and social influences in the sciences; recent policy directives towards parity between physical and mental health; increased demand on child and adolescent and young adult mental health services; work on health inequalities and reviving the biopsychosocial/political model of health and ill health.

Derek Bolton is professor of philosophy and psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His philosophical interests lie in the nature of causal explanation in psychology and psychiatry, the epistemological basis of evidence-based healthcare, and conceptualisations of disorder and its relation to distress. His clinical research has mainly focused on pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder.


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