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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


LOPEZ ALVAREZ, Marcelino. Looking back to keep moving forward. A critical reflection on the past and present of mental health care (II). Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2020, vol.40, n.137, pp.33-55.  Epub Dec 28, 2020. ISSN 2340-2733.

This is the second of two papers that seek to make a critical assessment of the main theoretical and technical aspects related to mental health care developed in the last six or seven decades, as an alternative to two types of positions considered inadequate; namely, that of the dominant biomedical reductionism and those of some new "antipsychiatric" tendencies. In this second paper some interesting movements from recent years are valued and some conclusions and prospects for the future are raised, trying to take a reasonable critical stance from the community mental health care framework. This latter one considered as the technological paradigm from which it is possible to take into account the complexity of mental health problems and to solve them in a no less complex interaction between professionals and users.

Keywords : community mental health care; psychosocial rehabilitation; antipsychiatry; users' movements.

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