comment on a previous post asked me what critical psychiatry is. Perhaps I should make an attempt to provide an answer in summary form. The Wikipedia entry is informative for those that are interested. Or, if you really want to read more about the subject, there's always my edited book. (Get it from a library rather than buying it.)
I've always said the essential message is that psychiatry can be practiced without taking the step of faith of believing that mental illness is due to brain pathology, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain. This is commonly what patients are told, but the evidence is against it. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. Of course mental illness must show through the brain - but not necessarily in the brain. There are implications for both assessment and treatment in practice. Diagnosis is not about finding an entity of some kind, but about providing understanding. We also need to be more sceptical about treatments, such as medication.
Any other attempts to summarise critical psychiatry in a paragraph?