HIV/AIDS in Africa - a role for the mental health practitioner?

Dan J Stein, Soraya Seedat, Robin A Emsley, Benjamin O Olley
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 11, No 1 | a88 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v11i1.88 | © 2005 Dan J Stein, Soraya Seedat, Robin A Emsley, Benjamin O Olley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 August 2008 | Published: 01 April 2005

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Dan J Stein, HMPG, South Africa
Soraya Seedat,
Robin A Emsley, Department of Psychiatry Stellenbosch University W Cape
Benjamin O Olley, Department of Psychiatry Ibadan University Nigeria

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In the last few decades psychiatric discourse has undergone an important change in its scope and focus. During the heady days of psychoanalytic hegemony, psychiatrists were willing to prognosticate or pontificate on just about anything, from individual neurosis through to social maladies, from medicine to literature, from the unconscious to the conscious. Nowadays, psychiatry self-consciously emphasises its origins as a medical discipline, focuses its diagnostic efforts on operationally defined psychiatric disorders, and argues the value of specific pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies in treating these conditions.


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