To go boldly (or to boldly go)

To go boldly: one example of is the categorisation of mental disorders. As a discipline it split the infinitive. 

It has recently been suggested that psychiatric diagnoses should be “written in pencil”. 

In terms of categorising suffering we do need to be careful . Today’s appreciation of living has become absurdly pathological. We can understand and support one another without first seeking a medical explanation.

Dr Samei Huda is an exemplar of “going boldly” in science. The certainty with which he underlines the importance of the ‘Medical Model’ boldly goes beyond the experience of many.

Writers over time have argued that “real authority” comes with an appreciation of uncertainty.

 

One Reply to “To go boldly (or to boldly go)”

  1. People with as much power as Samei Huda has as a psychiatrist, and as much certainty, are terrifying. Someone I knew at university trained to be a psychiatrist. His mother had been sectioned many times as he grew up. We can all understand his need for power and certainty given those experiences. However, the near absolute power and absolute certainty of being a senior psychiatrist does not bring him relief from the pain of those experiences, nor does his relentless search to resolve his pain bring more healing and compassion into his work. Categorisation approaches are inevitable as it is a building block of how us humans strive to understand our world, but mainly they only feed his desire to ‘know more’ ‘know better’ ‘know what’s for the best’. After all, for my acquaintance – and I suspect for Samei – it is never the patient of the two ppl in the clinical encounter that he is really trying to heal.

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