Will Self On Psychiatry

“… psychiatrists stand – whether they acknowledge it themselves and whether people collectively acknowledge it – at the threshold between happiness and sadness and between sanity and madness, between the particular and quotidian and the transcendent. This is a priestly role. You might say that a GP occupies a ‘vicar function’ and but I’m thinking more of the old religion, in terms of priests who manage the transition from the phenomenal to the numinal…”

An interview with Will about the role of psychiatry at Frontier Psychiatrist.