Australian Left Review


Douglas Kirsner


Psychiatry is that branch of medicine which treats patients whose presenting symptoms are mental. Psychoanalysis is only one form of psychiatry. A great number of psychiatrists, regarding psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented theory as “unscientific,” prefer more physically based modes of treatment such as tranquillisers, anti-depressants and electro-convulsive therapy (E.C.T.). Only a small number of people attending psychiatrists receives psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically oriented therapy.



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