By Elizabeth Anne Davis
Bad Souls is an ethnographic research of accountability between psychiatric sufferers and their caregivers in Thrace, the northeastern borderland of Greece.
Elizabeth Anne Davis examines accountability during this rural quarter during the lens of nationwide psychiatric reform, a procedure designed to shift therapy from custodial hospitals to outpatient settings. Challenged to aid deal with themselves, sufferers struggled to operate in groups that frequently appeared as a lot resources of psychological pathology as websites of shelter.
Davis files those patients' singular adventure of neighborhood, and their ambivalent aspirations to future health, as they grappled with new varieties of autonomy and dependency brought via psychiatric reform. deliberate, funded, and overseen principally via the eu Union, this "democratic experiment," one of the reforms followed via Greece because its accession to the ecu within the early Eighties, has led Greek voters to question the nation and its management of human rights, social welfare, and schooling.
Exploring the healing dynamics of prognosis, persuasion, therapeutic, and failure in Greek psychiatry, Davis lines the terrains of fact, tradition, and freedom that emerge from this wondering of the country on the borders of Europe.
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20 intRoDuction Prelude: The Spirit of Synchronization natuRal EnviRonMEnt I met Yiannoula in late October, the first time I accompanied the hospital clinic’s mobile unit on its route through the countryside northwest of Soufli, an old silk industry town just a few minutes from the Turkish border. Toward noon we stopped at the outskirts of a tiny village, a cluster of cottages rising up the hillside from a small dirt road. Thanos, the team’s psychiatric resident, told me that the patient who lived here was psychotic and possibly mentally retarded; she suffered, as well, the devastating long-term side effects of neuroleptic medication.
In the field of psychiatry itself, the clinical encounter—the scene 32 pREluDE of treatment—bears the same relationship to risk management that Greece bears to France. 30 If this type of activity is what uniquely constitutes “the new,” then it is happening elsewhere. So when psychiatrists in Thrace remarked, as I often heard, that Greek psychiatry was “backward” or “behind” (πίσω), they were indicating a double deficit: one in the standard of psychiatric care, and another in the state of society.
35 The EEc proposal echoed dozens already generated within the psychiatric academy in Greece. It mandated a redirection of building and funding from these large residential hospitals to community-based services. ” The program also earmarked funding for retraining fellowships to be granted to psychiatrists and support staff. 37 Fundable activities included acquiring medical equipment, training personnel, building or extending infrastructure for outpatient care, and developing pilot projects for alternative services.