Discussion Session 1: The great divide? Perspectives on Mental and Physical Health



Prof Stephen Lawrie, Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

 

The great divide? Perspectives on Mental and Physical Health

 The mind and body were once viewed as separate entities, such as proposed by Cartesian dualism.   Our perspective is different now and there is a more unified sense of ‘mental health’ and ‘physical health’.  However, viewpoints do still differ widely and this impacts upon how we treat mental and physical health problems.   Every member of society, including doctors and patients, has their own sense of what is ‘physical’, what is ‘mental’ … and what is ‘both’!  This workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss their own perspectives and think about what patients with mental health difficulties really want.