| Florence, Italy|
| Giorgio Antonucci|
| Psychiatric hospital Osservanza, Imola (Italy), psychiatric hospital Luigi Lolli, Imola (Italy), Citizens Commission on Human Rights|
critique of psychiatry, freedom of thought, non-psychiatric approach to psychological suffering, rejection of the involuntary commitment
Thomas Szasz Award (2005)
Giorgio Antonucci Wikipedia
Giorgio Antonucci (Lucca, 1933) is an Italian physician, known for his questioning of the basis of psychiatry.
In 1963 Giorgio Antonucci studied psychoanalysis with Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis, and began to dedicate himself to psychiatry trying to solve the problems of the patients and avoiding hospitalisation and any kind of coercive method. In 1968 he worked in Cividale del Friuli, in a ward of the city hospital that had been opened as an alternative to the mental hospitals.
In 1969 he worked at the psychiatric hospital of Gorizia, directed by Franco Basaglia. From 1970 to 1972 he directed the mental hygiene centre of Castelnuovo nei Monti in the province of Reggio Emilia. From 1973 to 1996 he worked in Imola on the dismantling of the psychiatric hospitals Osservanza and Luigi Lolli. During the earthquake that struck Sicily in 1968 he worked as a doctor with the Civil Protection Service of Florence. He currently lives in Florence and collaborates with the Italian branch of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
Dacia Maraini: "Regarding the so-called insane persons, what does this new method entail?"
Giorgio Antonucci: "For me it means that insane persons don't exist and that psychiatry must be completely eliminated."
In his writings, Giorgio Antonucci affirms that theoretically he is close to the humanistic-existential perspective of Carl Rogers, the approaches focused on the critique of psychiatry (Erving Goffman, R. D. Laing, David Cooper and Thomas Szasz) and the critique of the psychiatric institution of Franco Basaglia.
Szasz affirms to agree with Antonucci on the concept of "person" of the so-called psychiatric patients: they are, like us, persons in all respects, that can be judged emotionally and in their "human condition"; "mental illness" does not make the patient "less than a man", and it is not necessary to appeal to a psychiatrist to "give them back humanity" He is the founder of the non-psychiatric approach to psychological suffering, that is based on the following propositions:
- The involuntary commitment cannot be a scientific and medical approach to suffering, because it is based on violence against the patient's will.
- The ethic of the dialogue is substituted for the ethic of coercion. The dialogue cannot take place unless the individuals recognise themselves as persons in a confrontation among peers.
- The diagnosis is rejected as psychiatric prejudice that impedes to undertake the real psychological work on the suffering of people, due to the contradictions of nature and the conscience and because of the contradictions of society and the conflicts of living together.
- Psychoactive drugs aim to sedate, to drug the person in order to improve the living conditions of the people that look after the psychiatric patient. All the other instruments that damage the person are refused, from the lobotomy to the castration (proposed by some people also in Italy with reference to sexual offenses), and every type of shock.
- In order to criticize the institutions it is necessary to bring into question also the thought that created them.
Giorgio Antonucci thinks that the "essence of psychiatry lies in an ideology of discrimination".
"Italian psychiatry has been incalculably enriched by Giorgio Antonucci. It is possible to consider him a good psychiatrist (whatever the meaning of the word): and that is true. It is also possible to consider him a good antipsychiatrist (whatever the meaning of the word): and that is just as certain. I prefer to consider him a respectable person that puts the respect for the so-called insane person above the respect for the profession. For that I send him my greetings." -Thomas Szasz
On 26 February 2005 Giorgio Antonucci received in Los Angeles the Thomas Szasz Award.I pregiudizi e la conoscenza critica alla psichiatria (preface by Thomas S. Szasz), ed. Coop. Apache - 1986
Psichiatria ieri ed oggi, Enciclopedia Atlantica (European Book, Milano) - 1989
Il pregiudizio psichiatrico, Eleuthera - 1989 ISBN 88-85861-10-5
La nave del paradiso, Spirali - 1990 ISBN 88-7770-296-6
Freud e la psichiatria, Enciclopedia Atlantica, European Book, Milano - 1990
Aggressività Composizione in tre tempi in Uomini e lupi, Edizioni Eleuthera - 1990 ISSN 0392-5013
Psichiatria e cultura, Enciclopedia Atlantica, European Book, Milano - 1991
Contrappunti, Roma: Sensibili alle foglie - 1994 ISBN 978-8886323062
Critica al giudizio psichiatrico, Sensibili alle Foglie - 1994 ISBN 8889883014
Il giudice e lo psichiatra, collection Volontà di Eleuthera - volume - Delitto e castigo - 1994 ISSN 0392-5013
(with Alessio Coppola) Il telefono viola. Contro i metodi della psichiatria, Eleuthera - 1995 ISBN 9788885861602
Pensieri sul suicidio, Eleuthera - 1996 ISBN 88-85861-75-X
Il pregiudizio psichiatrico, Eleuthera - 1998 EAN 9788885861992
Le lezioni della mia vita. La medicina, la psichiatria, le istituzioni Spirali - 1999 ISBN 88-7770-536-1
Pensieri sul suicidio Eleuthera - 2002 EAN 9788885060692
Il cervello. Atti del congresso internazionale Milano, dal 29 novembre al 1º dicembre 2002 [it contains Antonucci's speech at the congress) Spirali - 2004
Critica al giudizio psichiatrico, Sensibili alle Foglie - 2005 ISBN 978-8889883013
Diario dal manicomio. Ricordi e pensieri, Spirali - 2006 ISBN 978-8877707475
Igiene mentale e libero pensiero. Giudizio e pregiudizio psichiatrici, publication by the association "Umanità nova", Reggio Emilia - October 2007.
Foucault e l'antipsichiatria. Intervista a Giorgio Antonucci."Diogene Filosofare Oggi" N. 10 - Anno 2008 - Con «IL DOSSIER: 30 anni dalla legge Basaglia»
Corpo - "Intervista di Augusta Eniti a Giorgio Antonucci", Multiverso" Università degli studi di Udine, n.07 08 ISSN 1826-6010. 2008
Conversazione con Giorgio Antonucci edited by Erveda Sansi. Critical Book - I quaderni dei saperi critici - Milano 16.04.2010. S.p.A Leoncavallo.
(with other authors) La libertà sospesa, Fefè editore, Roma - 2012 ISBN 978-88-95988-31-3
(contributions by Giorgio Antonucci and Ruggero Chinaglia) Della Mediazione by Elisa Ruggiero, Aracne - 2013 ISBN 978-88-548-5716-2
Periódico Diagonal nº 250: Antonucci: La locura no tiene ningún significado filosófico (see 'External links'). The interview has been republished in CTXT nº 28, Infolibre and Viento Sur.