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With the new editions of the disease catalogs ICD and DSM, the boundaries of what is considered mentally ill are being expanded. In the 1960s and 70s, extra-parliamentary leftists and psychiatrists associated with them formulated a radical critique of the institution of psychiatry, but after that the critique was mainly carried by those affected and translated into practice. Today, criticism of psychiatry takes place even in the bourgeois mainstream. However, this criticism is merely rubbing up against the diagnoses currently included in the catalog and the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. A radical critique of society and power, as contained in the Old and New Antipsychiatry, is missing.
Cora Schmechel studied Gender Studies at the HU Berlin and has long been active in and has long been active in queerfeminist and partly anti-psychiatric contexts.
Fabian Dion lives in Berlin and works in a social psychiatric institution.
Kevin Dudek is active in anti-psychiatric contexts.
Mäks* Roßmöller studies psychology, works in the Weglaufhaus Berlin and is active in queerfeminist and trans* contexts.
The asylums were reduced in size, but the total number of psychiatric institutions rose sharply.... The net of social control became more tightly woven, often there was no escape. According to the author, all this can only be understood if the social changes since the 1970s are taken into account.
Review | "Psychatriekritik: Das Netz sozialer Kontrolle wird engmaschiger" by Anne Seeck, in: Contraste 378, March 2016