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Antipsychiatry is a term applied to describe the groupings of scholarship and sentiment that opposes the power of traditional psychiatry. The analysis here provides some consideration over the multiplicity of such terminology, its uses, and its significance as a prism by which the practices of the psychiatric profession have been critically evaluated.

The ability of antipsychiatry to challenge the doxa of psychiatry has been far-reaching, with a large body of scholarship and radical critical thought underlining the need to confront the governing perspectives of the psychiatric medical profession. Indeed, the separation between general criticisms of psychiatric-related practices and antipsychiatry has been the ability to shape discussions on the fundamental basis and purpose of psychiatry itself. The enormity of such a challenge has been revelatory, not least ...

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