Awais Aftab

Diagnosis as Self-Understanding & Self-Alienation: what you need to know about your diagnosis

This article by Dr. Awais Aftab has been published on his Psychiatry at the Margins website. Although it’s very much open to question as to what extent the views expressed actually inform mainstream psychiatric practice, the article is nonetheless well worth…
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The Neurodiversity Paradigm in Psychiatry: Robert Chapman, PhD

Subtitled “Is neurodivergence to be cured or is it a healthy part of our social ecology?“, this interview with philosopher Dr. Robert Chapman is conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab and has been published by the Psychiatric Times: “Aftab: Let’s start…
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The Fight for Pharma Accountability and Psychiatric Rights: Jim Gottstein, Esq

Dr. Awais Aftab (psychiatrist) has interviewed Jim Gottstein for the Psychiatric Times. Subtitled “A lawyer weighs in on pharmaceutical corruption and involuntary psychiatric care”. The introduction to the interview begins: “The Zyprexa Papers is a fascinating story of how Gottstein obtained and…
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Conceptual Competence in Psychiatry: Recommendations for Education and Training

This paper by Awais Aftab and G. Scott Waterman has been published in Academic Psychiatry. It begins: “It has been recognized since the early days of modern psychiatry that conceptual and philosophical questions are intimately tied to more practical and clinical…
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It’s Time for Us to Stop Being So Defensive About Criticisms of Psychiatry

This article by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab has been published in the Psychiatric Times. It begins: “I read the article “ It’s Time for Us to Stop Waffling About Psychiatry ”2 by Daniel Morehead, MD, with great interest, particularly since it makes frequent references to some of my work in Psychiatric…
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Primum non Nocere: A Psychiatrist’s Review of “Medicating Normal”

This blog post come from psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab. It begins: “I was lucky to see a screening copy of the documentary Medicating Normal (2020, directors: Lynn Cunningham & Wendy Ractliffe) earlier this weekend, and this post is intended partly as a review and…
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Psychiatry and the Human Condition: Joanna Moncrieff, MD

This interview (conducted by Dr. Awais Aftab) with psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff is part of a series called “Conversations in Critical Psychiatry“, as published in the Psychiatric Times. Here is an extract: “Aftab: Models of drug action have been an important focus of…
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Psychoanalysis and the Re-Enchantment of Psychiatry: Jonathan Shedler, PhD

This interview comes from Conversations in Critical Psychiatry – an interview series from psychiatrist Awais Aftab for Psychiatric Times. The series explores critical and philosophical perspectives in psychiatry and engages with prominent commentators within and outside the profession who have made meaningful criticisms of the status…
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