Are psychiatrists agents of the police or doctors who care for the sick?
In my view, building diagnostic concepts around vice (wrongful/criminal conduct) is a problem for psychiatry and for the public sphere. For the problem of stigma, vice-laden diagnoses perpetuate the public perception that psychiatrists are social control agents and that we serve as morality police, not physicians with a humane charge of caring for the ill. As a second problem, vice-laden categories lead to weird categories of psychopathology. Why are we classifying some sex offenders as ill, but not others?
Fra artikkelen "Vice Squad" hos Psychiatric Times (man må registrere seg og logge inn for å lese der, selv om artikkelen en kort stund var åpen).