Psychiatrist Pat Bracken

Dr Patrick Bracken is a consultant psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork. He is the author of Trauma: Culture, Meaning and Philosophy, and Postpsychiatry: Mental Health in a Postmodern World, and is co-editor of Rethinking the Trauma of War. From 1987 to 1991 he worked in Uganda for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, and subsequently worked for the Foundation in London.
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I believe that the use of ECT in psychiatric hospitals and clinics is the result of a very narrow framing of the problem of depression. If despair is nothing more than a disorder of the patient’s neurotransmitters then doing something to his/her brain becomes a medical necessity and the central focus of the professionals involved. Recourse to ECT is the outcome of medical domination of mental health care. Challenging the use of ECT involves challenging this domination.

Depression, Psychiatry and the use of ECT by Pat Bracken Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry, Psychology & Community Development

Dr Pat Bracken on ECT | Novus Medica

Dr Pat Bracken on ECT | Novus Medica

Dr Pat Bracken on ECT | Novus Medica

Dr Pat Bracken on ECT | Novus Medica

Behind The Walls Part 1.wmv

Behind The Walls Part 1 about Grangegorman mental hospital

Dr Pat Bracken on ECT | Novus Medica

Dr Pat Bracken on ECT | Novus Medica

Dr. Pat Bracken Pat is currently Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at UCC and in Birmingham. In the 1980s Pat worked with victims of torture and violence in Uganda. This experience had a profound effect on his understanding of mental health problems and the nature of healing.

Dr. Pat Bracken Pat is currently Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at UCC and in Birmingham. In the 1980s Pat worked with victims of torture and violence in Uganda. This experience had a profound effect on his understanding of mental health problems and the nature of healing.

Pat Bracken, West Cork psychiatrist, finished on the perfect word: power. We must break the legal power granted to psychiatry. We must mind Dr Bracken now, they will go after him. A doctor friend said to me once, “John, politics is a dirty pool, and medical politics is the mud at the bottom of the pool.”

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