A debate on the anti-psychiatry movements will take place at the Kirwan Theatre at NUI Galway this Thursday.
Emerging in the 1960s, anti-psychiatry challenges the fundamental practices and concepts of psychiatry and seeks to develop alternatives. The anti-psychiatry movement says that the specific definitions of hundreds of current psychiatric diagnoses and disorders are vague and arbitrary, leaving too much room for interpretations to meet basic scientific standards. They also say that prevailing psychiatric treatments are ultimately far more damaging than helpful to patients.
With a growing number of mental health professionals and academics professing anti-psychiatry views, in addition to a number of former and current users of psychiatric services, anti-psychiatry is an ever-relevant issue today.
The debate takes place at 7pm on Thursday 18 October and all attendees are welcomed to contribute to the conversation on the night. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.