21 Sep, 11 | by Ayesha Ahmad
Can you treat a person’s story? At present, amid the setting of the 14th International Philosophy and Psychiatry conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, I am not alone in trying to peer through the looking-glass, searching for the heart of the humanity in medicine, and for a treasure, that will surely tell us what we should find when we excavate the depths of our minds and our enquiring empathy?
So, the story unfolds. How do we define and classify who amongst us is a psychiatric patient?
When we use the term ‘psychiatry’, we are referring to the ‘medical treatment of the mind’; to heal. But is it not the case that sometimes pain is an exploration of who we are? When the mind is the heart, the emotional seat for pain, perhaps we can learn to understand who I am and who you are from such a unique vantage point? These questions, situated in the context of a philosophical reflection on psychiatry, on human experience, illustrates that there are different forms of pain; and to these, there needs to be a poetic; a language of the mind.