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What is Sustainable Psychiatry?

In order to create sustainable psychiatry, we first need to understand emotional trauma and structural dissociation and how they affect human life.

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We have produced a short documentary that explains clearly and comprehensively what emotional trauma, structural dissociation and polyvagal theories are and how they effect human life. Psychiatrist Anssi Leikola also explains how understanding these subjects help us in creating sustainable psychiatry also called as trauma informed treatment.

  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the significance of emotional trauma, the damage behind psychological disorders.
  • Sustainable psychiatry is founded on theory and logic that stand the test of time and criticism.
  • Sustainable psychiatry is founded on multidisciplinary basis.
  • Sustainable psychiatry is philosophically sustainable with clear concept definition that enables easy sharing
  • Sustainable psychiatry aims at narrowing the gap between theory and practice.
  • Sustainable psychiatry is based on ethics, human rights and the acknowledgment of human dignity.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands that psychological disorders are principally caused by environmental factors, that is life experiences.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the significance of the structural dissociation of personality in psychological disorders.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the elementary significance of emotions (emotionality) in human life.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the significance of submission and shame at the core of psychological disorders.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the typical manifestation of emotional trauma: its dynamic general laws and principles.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands that trauma affects one’s possibilities for social affiliation.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the significance of the experiences of safety in the development of psychological disorders, as well as in the recovery from emotional trauma.
  • Sustainable psychiatry acknowledges responsibility for real communication and true progress in the recovery process.
  • Sustainable psychiatry is based on knowledge and understanding shareable to the patient instead of expert opinion.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the healing power of realization.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the long-term nature of recovery from childhood trauma: thus, many and frequent corrective experiences are needed.
  • Sustainable psychiatry develops and fosters corporeality, comprehensiveness and a holistic approach.
  • Sustainable psychiatry respects individuality, and hence individualized treatment.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the basics of human biology and evolution on a larger scale.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the central psychobiological structures and rules regarding safety and defense mechanisms. 
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the key role of autonomic nervous system in psychological disorders.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the species-typical nature of human being.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands basic human needs and their (individual) implications, e.g. the need to be seen and understood, comprehending the questions of human interdependence through evolution.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the key role of social interaction in the development of psychological disorders.
  • Sustainable psychiatry understands the role of (current) interaction in the manifestation of psychological symptoms.
  • Sustainable psychiatry constantly strives to improve the conditions and possibilities for communication, reciprocity and equal interaction.
  • Sustainable psychiatry strives to increase safety and successfulness in social interaction.
  • Sustainable psychiatry values and understands the significance of participation and affiliation.
  • Sustainable psychiatry holds the mission of breaking hierarchies and equalizing relationships within health and social care.
  • Sustainable psychiatry strives to deconstruct harmful, stereotypical views on psychological disorders, especially on emotional trauma and dissociation.
  • Sustainable psychiatry strives to increase awareness of the effects and implications of trauma in the society; it bears responsibility by raising important issues and contributing to the social debate.
  • Sustainable psychiatry strives to deconstruct myths that violate human communication and understanding and that are many within the indefinite field of psychiatry.
  • Sustainable psychiatry is inclusive and tolerant: everyone should feel like a “proper patient”, feel good enough and belong.
  • Sustainable psychiatry strives to break down the unnecessary power dynamic included in care relationships, holding it as an actual contraindication for recovering from mental disorders, or the integration of the personality.
  • Sustainable psychiatry comprehends the restrictions and use of psychiatric diagnostics and ensures that it is not used as a tool for degradation or oppression.
  • Sustainable psychiatry strives to stimulate thinking and discussion, encourages people to share experiences and actively works against silencing.
  • Sustainable psychiatry stands the test of time; it is not based on hype, market terms or other short-sightedness.
  • Sustainable psychiatry is based on receptivity to criticism and the sustainability of criticism. It is committed to self-criticism, continuous learning and improvement of quality.

Read about the sustainable psychiatry

Psychiatrist Anssi Leikola writes about the sustainable psychiatry.

Documentary about Trauma and Dissociation

Watch the documentary about trauma and dissociation that explains clearly and comprehensively what emotional trauma, structural dissociation and polyvagal theories are and how they effect human life. Anssi Leikola explains how understanding these subjects helps us in creating sustainable psychiatry also called trauma informed treatment and Carita Kilpinen illustrates the theories further with animations.

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7th European Conference on Mental Health

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Trauma-informed care

It is healing for one to understand their life experience, realizing it and putting it into perspective. However, this is especially hard and demanding with emotional damage, because it is very natural for human to avoid and elude something that is unbearable. What is essential, is to understand, what the disproportionate emotions and states – the overreactions – are telling us. They are carrying an important message from the past, that can be deciphered. For this, we need another person and verbal sharing. It is especially hard when very exceptional and unbearable things have happened.

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