The course and outcome of the major mental disorders of man have been profoundly altered by the advent of drug treatment and by changes in the methods of delivering health care. These gains have been made in spite of our continuing ignorance of the basic causes and mechanisms of mental disorders. The remarkable efficacy of chemotherapy has provided a major spur to basic research into the biochemical and genetic mechanisms underlying psychiatric illness, and recent discoveries hold great promise for new and better means of diminishing the misery associated with disorders of the mind. The potential power of this developing “psychotechnology” is, however, creating concern about unwarranted intrusions into personal privacy and individual rights.
KeywordsPsychotic Disorder Psychiatric Intervention Mental Patient Unpleasant Side Effect Inpatient Episode
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