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A Journal on Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychopharmacology

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Social Psychiatry
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Minerva Psichiatrica 2002 June;43(2):131-40

language: Italian

Psychopharmacology and social maladjustment

Longo G., Brundusino A. O., Cairoli S.


The authors propose some considerations regarding the functions of psychical medicaments in relation to mental trouble and social injustice. In particular they lay stress on the fact that the easy use of medicaments deifies the human being, leading him along the path of easy and illusory welfare. In this error of careful consideration that the agent-patients makes, an essential role is played by the psychiatrist's action. This fundamental role consists in having a balance between the patient's subjectivity and his reality. It's life that needs to be understood, not the medicament's chemical elements. By having a strong interaction with the patient, the psychiatrist's attention emerges as a powerful mix of individuality, education, professionality and sensitiveness in replying to the patient's need for help. Hence, the therapeutic element develops between on-field intervention technique and the style of a face-to-face approach. The chemical medicaments are very important if they are used to treat a real pathology and not a normal ''pathology'' like social uneasiness.

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