Believing in Psychiatry

  • Peter J. VerhagenEmail author
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Believing always plays a role in psychiatry and in mental healthcare in general not only in patients but also in psychiatrists. It is part of how they relate to the illness, as far as the patients are concerned, and to the profession, as far as the psychiatrists are concerned. Both are driven by stories that not just are helpful in meaningmaking, but that wield also power for better or for worse. This contribution is no more and no less intended as a wake-up call to get a dialogue ongoing.


Believing Psychiatry DSM-5 Secularisation Attitude 


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  1. 1.GGz CentraalHarderwijkThe Netherlands

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