My take on “A Psychopharmacology Fit for Mad Liberation? by Awais Aftab”

This post by Vincenzo has been published on his blog-site. It begins:

“In the latest edition of Asylum Magazine, Dr Awais Aftab published an article on the relation between Psychopharmacology and Mad Liberation and brought it to my attention. The full article has been posted online and can be found at the following link:

A Psychopharmacology Fit for Mad Liberation? by Awais Aftab

I want to thank Awais for picking my brain about this, as it helps me re-think and re-word what my views are and what exactly I’m trying to say.

As always, I am mindful of the fact that the focus of the social media debate on issues related to mental health care is generally not what I would concentrate on. There tends to be for example an ongoing vibrant debate on technical interventions offered by care providers, and on evaluations on which interventions are the best, which are the most scientific and even which are the most liberating.

In this respect, in this article Awais quite appropriately asks what principles might guide a liberatory psychopharmacology. That is a more promising line of enquiry, as it implies that the problem is not about psychopharmacological interventions being good or bad, or scientific or not scientific in absolute terms, but about how psychopharmacology and the related science are used …”

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