‘A Disorder for Everyone!’ - Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis

‘A Disorder for Everyone!’ - Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis

When: Friday, 16th February 2018, 9:00 am

Where: Friends Meeting House Ship Street Brighton BN1 1AF

AD4E is coming to Brighton and is in association with Hearing Voices Brighton

Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Anne Cooke, Hearing Voices Brighton, Film maker John Richardson, Poet David Gilbert, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney

The event features not just professionals but people from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an essential contribution to make to the debate.

Lucy Johnstone presents the current debates and controversies about psychiatric diagnosis. It is increasingly acknowledged, even within the mental health establishment, that categories like 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder' and 'personality disorder' lack validity. The assumption that distress is best understood as disease can have very serious consequences for the individual, their identity, and their path to recovery. Lucy will present alternatives to diagnosis which can help people to make sense of experiences of distress, however extreme, and which are based on working together to explore personal meaning.

A choice of workshops will be offered in the afternoon as well as a discussion question and answer panel.