Philosophy Part 8: So what is ‘mental disorder’? Part 2 The social problem

Looking at the history of the mental health system reveals the social functions it continues to fulfil and enables us to think about how we might address them more fairly and transparently

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The origins of mental health services

In order to explore the current political context of mental health services, as I will be doing in some upcoming blogs, it is necessary to establish what the modern mental health system actually consists of and what function it serves. It is only by tracing the historical development of mental health services, and analysing how…