Psychiatric Diagnosis as an Ethical Problem
Shackle, Emma M.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1985 Sep; 11(3): 132-134.
Shackle argues that the harmful effects of psychiatric diagnosis, such as social stigmatization and possible loss of freedom, obligate clinicians to minimize the harm done to patients even when mental illness is correctly diagnosed. One way of achieving this goal is to discuss fully with patients the details of their diagnosis in language that they can understand. In so doing, psychiatrists may enable patients to acquire a conceptual framework with which to make sense of their illness, satisfy their cognitive needs, reduce their sense of isolation, and provide them with a route to restoring their mental health. (KIE abstract)
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