ISS21 Disability & Mental Health Research Cluster & Critical Voices Network Ireland
Jacqui Dillon (author and activist)
26 April 2022 from 1.00 -3.00 pm
Iatrogenic harm refers to the injury, either physical or psychological, caused inadvertently by the process of treatment. This seminar will explore the phenomena of iatrogenic harm: what is it, how is it caused what can be done about it. The topic is of particular significance in light of the recent reports on harm caused by practices in CAMHS in Ireland. Following the tradition established by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, doctors agree to uphold a certain set of values, including the imperative to do no harm. Unfortunately, following our encounters with traditional psychiatric services, for many psychiatric patients, both the ideas and the practice of biomedical psychiatry have proven to be harmful to many people.