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On the Brink of Disaster: Vulnerability to Mental Disorders

Petrolini, Valentina (2021) On the Brink of Disaster: Vulnerability to Mental Disorders. Philosophy of Medicine, 2 (2). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2692-3963

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The notions of at-risk and subthreshold conditions are increasingly discussed in psychiatry to describe mild, brief, or otherwise atypical syndromes that fail to meet the criteria for clinical relevance. However, the concept of vulnerability is still underexplored in philosophy of psychiatry. This article discusses psychiatric vulnerability to clarify some conceptual issues about the various factors contributing to vulnerability, the notions of risk and protection, and the idea that there are multiple ways of crossing the threshold to clinical relevance. My goal is to lay the groundwork for a finer-grained discussion on psychiatric vulnerability that reflects the complex nature of mental conditions and illustrates the kind of thinking needed in clinical practice.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Petrolini, Valentinavalentina.petrolini@ehu.eus0000-0001-7666-2391
Keywords: psychiatry vulnerability at-risk states
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2022 00:44
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2022 00:44
Item ID: 21166
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2021.10
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Date: 1 October 2021
Page Range: pp. 1-21
Volume: 2
Number: 2
ISSN: 2692-3963

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