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Antipsychiatry is a school of psychiatric, humanist, and religious thought that holds psychiatry to be based on false assumptions and to be far more harmful than helpful to its patients. Notable figures include psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, University of Illinois professor of psychology Orval Hobart Mowrer, Presbyterian minister Jay E. Adams, and Scottish psychiatrist Ronald David Laing.

Some of the opposition to psychiatry is based on the observation that patients who do not receive psychiatric treatment tend to improve at the same rate as (or faster than) patients who do.[1]


  1. Crossley, N., Contesting psychiatry, Routledge, 2006, ISBN 978-0415354172

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