There appears to be a new diagnostic category being used by some senior members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I am referring here to the frequent use of the word “C R I T I C A L S”  as a pejorative label generally used to describe anybody who may offer a different view.

Phrases that have been used to accompany this label include: “ill informed”, “extremists”, “most vocal”, “from a moral vacuum”, “pretend they care”, “irresponsible”, “propaganda”,  and “wholly mince”.

[Please note: I am neither a 'critical psychiatrist' nor an 'anti-psychiatrist'. I have practised as a psychiatrist in the NHS for over 25 years. I am interested in philosophy and ethics and I am considered to be a polymath.  I passionately support the right for all voices to be heard. Our use of language should reflect the values that we hold dear.]

The Royal College of Psychiatrists states that following values “underpin everything we do”:

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