Psychiatric Naturalism and the Dimensions of Freedom: Implications for Psychiatry and the Law.

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  • Author(s): Pies, Ronald
  • Source:
    Psychiatric Times. Oct2007, Vol. 24 Issue 12, p10-12. 3p.
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    • Abstract:
      The author discusses the naturalistic model of freedom and autonomy and explains how it may be applied to psychiatric disorders and medico-legal determinations of culpability. He expresses his views that all individuals experience and possess a very real kind of freedom. He explores the three thresholds of a free act and the composition of freedom. He explores the implications of freedom for the field of psychotherapy, as well as how freedom is expressed in the presence of certain psychiatric disorders.