No sane person would want to save psychiatry as it is here in some parts of Kensington in London, but it clearly has some uses in the less able part of society.
Psychiatry needs to assert, very loudly - that psychological testing is used for the identification of behaviours that help identify appropriate treatment but that do not define a person as a sum. This is and has been its mistake for years, not being clear on definition.
A good idea would be to send scaled and appropriate mobile apps to clients, get them to complete MMPI-2 type tests prior to hospital consultation in order to maximise effective therapeutic interventions.
Consults could then be more friendly and personalised with the training of MH professionals in personality profile test implementation, this would help minimise the 'mental capacity' errors like that which happened to me. A reasonable and responsible person with a bad back and stalkers, asking for help, got sectioned for 4 months, was forced to take drugs I didn't need (I'm completely clean, don't drink/smoke/do drugs/habits) lost everything I ever owned. Absolutely everything. It left me very traumatised indeed. Hammers to crack nuts are not always the best thing.
I can understand, I can't forgive.
A social problem isn't necessarily the work of a psychiatrist or police, yet it's currently working that way. We have ''1000's of people'' without liberty at the moment. We need to address this properly and the EU hasn't helped here in the UK.
The 'deprivation of liberty' framework in the UK is still proving to impede on liberty and is open to being dangerously exploited whilst mental capacity testing is not implemented properly, as it really should be mandatory for GP's and Social Workers to ensure service users complete app tests prior to interventions wherever humanly possible. The benefits are incalculable! (I am currently 'autiding' the mHealth course with Stanford , when I can focus)
In order to potentiate MH services across the board, personality testing via apps could prove invaluable to help prevent crime and mismanagement of MH services, if done correctly, randomised and with many tests available in order to minimise fraud.
Elizabeth Lucye Robillard