Italy: immigrants and mental health

How social context influences the experience of mental health and mental illness for immigrants and refugees in Italy? Italy has an ancient tradition in mental health care. Basaglia, head of the anti-psychiatric movement, opened a new era in the mental care assistance in the 90‘s. In the last decades, social changes required reformulations and innovations…

Mental illness & Social context

How do you think that social context may have an influence on whether someone receives this diagnosis? I am an Italian psychologist. I would like to describe how social context had an influence in diagnosis process of schizophrenia, in my professional experience. Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. The ICD-10 defines schizophrenia as “characterized in general…

What future for Latin American political systems?

Can we be optimistic about the future development of Latin American political systems? Why? I think we can be optimistic. The starting poin of my reflections is: what determines the capacity of countries to design, approve and implement effective political system and public policies? Country’s ability to consolidate democracy depends not only on the interaction…

Differences in the way societies have viewed mental health and illness over time.

The development of the modern psychiatric hospital is the story of the rise of organised, institutional psychiatry. This process became in the 18th century, when instutionalization became the solution to social problem (in fact asylum arise with orphanage and penitentiaries). The current idea was that institutionalization could offer a rehabilitation for insane: through isolation, routines…

From Europe to Ecuador to Understand Culture and Identity Through Education

If you were born in Europe, as I were, understanding the complex and multilfaceted cultural situation in Latin America could be a very hard challenge. Across centuries, Europe attemped to spread and inoculate its religion, politics, language and traditions. Still today, the eurocentric point of view often leads not only to think and to act…

Le idee sono come i capelli, non tutti li hanno

Dall’incapacità di psichizzare alla perdita dei capelli: un caso di alopecia tra olismo e psicoanalisi. Posti di fronte a fenomeni complessi come la conversione, la somatizzazione, la complicata e misteriosa interrelazione tra corpo e mente, si è spesso portati a ricercare una via esplicativa, una definizione che spieghi, semplifichi, renda chiari questi fenomeni così oscuri. Purtroppo però quando…