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November 1952

The Battle for Mental Health.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;68(5):726. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320230152015

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Abstract

The author states that modern psychiatry understands mental illness better than it understands mental health. He then points out that mental health to the social scientist is the most frequently occurring type for the aggregate of human beings under study. The sociologist merely fractionates culture but does not reveal the dynamics of mental health.

To the author, man is essentially the same the world over, and the characteristics of mental health are applicable to man wherever he may be found, regardless of his race, stature, color, or culture. From a dynamic viewpoint the author describes mental health as adequacy in thinking and feeling at each stage of development; the most important ingredient is appropriate spontaneity and the ability to adjust to life resiliently. Acuity with all five senses, prompt meaningful memory recall, and readiness with appropriate responses are listed with many other characteristics of mental health.

The writer furnishes many

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