Abuse of psychiatry for political and religious reasons could have long-lasting negative consequences for psychiatry as a profession as well as damaging society’s trust in a medical speciality that is expected to be based on evidence and science. Psychiatry has been scrutinised more than any other medical speciality by human rights activists for posing social control over people.
5 With insufficient knowledge of the pathophysiology of most psychiatric conditions, poor access to curative measures, and the restrictive nature of involuntary admissions and coercive treatments, psychiatry will remain in the spotlight. Although many of these issues might not be addressed adequately in the foreseeable future, all mental health professionals should responsively take a strong stance against the political abuse of psychiatry by any government.
We declare no competing interests.