Psychiatry overwhelmed by referrals for ‘normal emotions’

Helen McArdle reports for The Herald newspaper:

“Acute mental health services are becoming overwhelmed by referrals for people with ‘normal negative human emotions'”‘ who may actually be harmed by treatment, a leading psychiatrist has said.

In an interview with the Herald Dr Joanna Bredski, a consultant psychiatrist and deputy chair of the BMA’s Scottish consultants committee who has produced prize-winning research, said it was ‘dystopian, potentially harmful, and wasteful’ that people presenting with ‘normal human emotions’ were being given drugs and psychological therapies …”

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