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Why psychiatry has to be social

23 July 2009

Thursday 15 October (To mark World Mental Health Day – 10 October)

Professor Paul Bebbington (UCL Mental Health Sciences)



Professor Bebbington explores the idea that psychiatry has an essentially social component because the phenomenon it seeks to explain have inherently social attributes. Psychiatric symptoms relate to our internal experience of external reality, and therefore comprise elements of both the internal and external world. A full account of psychiatric disorder must invoke the interaction of biological and social factors, acknowledging that the balance between these factors will vary between individuals.

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