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14:15 - 15:00 15 October 2009

FEED YOUR MIND AT LUNCH TIME: Why psychiatry has to be social?


Darwin Lecture theatre | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

To mark World Mental Health Day – 10 October. Professor Bebbington explores the idea that psychiatry has an essentially social component because the phenomenon it seeks to explain have inherently social attributes. Psychiatric symptoms relate to our internal experience of external reality, and therefore comprise elements of both the internal and external world. A full account of psychiatric disorder must invoke the interaction of biological and social factors, acknowledging that the balance between these factors will vary between individuals.