Szasz under fire al affiliation Szasz under fire SLIDE slide Slide 2 Background of Thomas Szasz Thomas Szasz was born in Hungary in 1920. In his late teenage hood, he attended school in the United States of America where he studied Medicine. In fact, Thomas attained an MD in Medicine, in the Cincinnati University College and later on attended the University of Chicago Clinics for his Psychiatric, and later in the late 1940s, he went through training in psychoanalysis in the Chicago Institute. After his studies, Thomas managed to get certification from the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, a move that paved way to his joining the Institution for analysis in Chicago.
Later on in his educational career, he managed to attain the position of professor at the State University at Upstate Medical Center. It is his experience in the field of Psychiatry that has seen his interest in publishing works that relate to mental illnesses; works that have caused a lot of debates in the society. Slide 3 Szasz’s time in a social and cultural context In the course of his works, Szasz claimed great position, both in the social and cultural contexts.
In the social aspect, Szasz received a lot of criticisms from his publications, especially the ones that were much more concerned with mental illnesses and the approach on such patients. On one angle, Szasz was completely denounced by his critics, while on another angle, Szasz became a public figure that received a lot of backing especially from individuals who believed in all persons having the right to freedom of choice of decision making. However, it is his ability to defend his opinions on mental illness and patients that have led to persons, not only gaining keen interest in his works, but also have been termed as amusing by other analysts.
Slide 4 The myth of Mental illness’ Mental illness has been described as the inability by a person to make tangible decisions in terms of the behavior they portray in the society. It is this case that mental illnesses only affect the brain but the mind. The major point of discussion is that the human mind and the brain are two distinctive features.
Some diseases affect the mind and portray themselves as symptoms, just like what happens in the case of the bodily symptoms. In this case the myth of mental illness can be unraveled by an explanation of the fact that, the effects of mental illnesses do not go beyond the brain that is to the mind. The mind is, therefore, alienated from a likelihood of destruction from mental illness.
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