The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

What is mental illness today? Five hard questions

on March 28, 2013

Nikolas Rose poster
Rose – What is mental illness today five hard questions

Date:  Wednesday, 15th May 2013
Time:  4:30pm
Venue:  B63, Law & Social Sciences building
Cost:  FREE – all are welcome

Nikolas Rose
Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine
King’s College London

What’s it about
In this talk I want to characterize the ‘territory’ of mental illness today by posing five hard questions that seem to me to represent genuine empirical, conceptual, professional and ethical dilemmas.   My questions are: Is there an‘epidemic’ of mental disorder?;  Does the path to understanding mental disorder lie through the brain?;  What is the role of diagnosis and of diagnostic manuals?;  Should we seek early identification of those at risk of future mental pathology? What is the place of patients, users, survivors, consumers in the mental health system?  On the basis of this discussion, I will conclude by trying to draw out some lessons for the politics of mental health today.

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