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|Title: ||Mad, bad or sad” – is there a better way?|
|Authors: ||Kasinathan, John|
|Keywords: ||Mentally ill.|
|Issue Date: ||31-Dec-2009|
|Publisher: ||Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy|
|Series/Report no.: ||Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development;v. 4|
|Abstract: ||The axiom “mad, bad or sad” has historically served as an informal aide memoir in assisting those new to psychiatry to conceptualise mental disorders. “Mad” refers to psychosis (including schizophrenia) and serious mood disturbance (particularly mania). “Sad” refers to depressive disorders and, through inference, anxiety disorders. “Bad” inevitably refers to antisocial personality disorder in adults and the equally unenviable label of conduct disorder in children and adolescents.
Unfortunately, a rigid holding to the “mad, bad or sad” paradigm does a disservice to youth with mental health difficulties. We will look at significant shortfalls in this paradigm and how to move forward to a more evidence-based (and probably humane) way of practice.|
|Appears in Collections:||AJCSD|
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