Academic journal article Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Editorial

Academic journal article Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Editorial

Article excerpt

The first issue of Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry for 2008 marks a change in the editorial management of the journal. The new editorial team would like to thank Laurence Simon and Louis Wynne for their contributions to the journal over the past few years.

The new editorial team comprises editors-in-chief Brian Kean, James A. Tucker, and Leighton Whitaker, and a new managing editor Robert Foltz. The new team brings a range of knowledge in psychiatry, psychology, and education to the editorial staff.

At this time of change in management of the journal new challenges are appearing with ethical issues spanning psychiatry, psychology, education, social work, and counseling. The increasing rates of diagnosis of mental health disorders in Western societies now verge on an epidemic that potentially threatens the stability of societies and the capacity to accommodate and provide constructive treatments for individuals and groups diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry has been a major source of publications questioning the ethical practices of pharmaceutical companies in their promotion of treatments that in research are far from proven to provide long-term benefits to those diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, and, in many cases, previously published articles have highlighted the limitations and the potentially damaging outcomes from a commercially driven biological approach to treatment.

The threat of a psychiatric disorder brings fear and risk often distorted by media, stereotyping of persons labeled as mentally ill. The reduction of risk and hence reduction of fear is rapidly influencing moves in developed societies for mandatory mental health screening and consequent mandatory treatment using biological intervention through the use of drugs to treat, or rather control, individuals deemed deviant. The political atmosphere surrounding the adoption of mandatory screening brings with it a new form of invasion of privacy and human rights under the guise of care. …

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