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Dealing With Psychiatry's Stigma
Paul J. Fink
Psychiatric Services 1986; doi:
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The Department of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division, Philadelphia Psychiatric Center, The Department of Psychiatry at Temple University Health Services Center, Philadelphia Psychiatric Center, Ford Road and Monument Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131

1986 American Psychiatric Association

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The stigma associated with psychiatry is the most critical problem facing the profession, the author contends. He identifies the major sources of stigma as psychiatrists' internal conflicts over treatment ideologies and methods and the hostility between psychiatrists and other physicians that has led to disparagement of psychiatry as a medical specialty. To combat the stigma he recommends that highest priority be given to efforts to unify the profession and to increase psychiatry’s participation in organized medicine. He also urges psychiatrists to limit self-revelation and self-exploration in the media, to emphasize the broad range of knowledge and skills that makes them uniquely suited to perform evaluative and triage functions, and to halt the current practices of shunting whole classes of patients off to other disciplines for care and of educating other disciplines in psychiatric techniques.

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