Report on the Third Conversation of ZADIG : “Psychiatry in Democratic Times” (Tel Aviv, Israel)

by Julia Evans on February 7, 2018

This report of a meeting initiated by Marco Mauas in Israel, does bring out some of differences between traditional Psychiatry and the Talking Therapies.

I have protested that Joanna Moncrieff is British and not American…….

It can be accessed via the RadioLacan site at

Report on the Third Conversation of ZADIG – Tel Aviv for Radio Lacan: “Psychiatry in Democratic Times”.

Our colleague, Gali Weinstein, brings a report for Radio Lacan on the Third Conversation of ZADIG-Tel Aviv, which was initiated by Marco Mauas to have a public debate about democracy and the politics of the parlêtre in the era of biopolitics. This conversation, which was entitled, “Psychiatry in Democratic Times” took place on February 7th, 2018 in the House of the Zionists of America, with Professor Haim Belmaker and Dr. Eran Rolnik as guest-speakers. This event was chaired by Marco Mauas. Reading of the text in English was done by Iliana Vogel-Valk.

From Wikipedia:

Joanna Moncrieff is British psychiatrist and a leading figure in the Critical Psychiatry Network. She is a prominent critic of the modern ‘psychopharmacological’ model of mental disorder and drug treatment, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry. She has written papers,[1] books and blogs on the use and over-use of drug treatment for mental health problems, the mechanism of action of psychiatric drugs,[2] their subjective and psychoactive effects, the history of drug treatment, and the evidence for its benefits and harms. She also writes on the history and politics of psychiatry more generally. Her best known books are The Myth of the Chemical Cure[3] and The Bitterest Pills.[4]

This report was circulated on the NLS-Messager (New Lacanian School – on 7th May 2018 at 19:28:01 BST as Subject: [nls-messager] 2667.en/ @RadioLacan | Newsletter No. 234


  Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London


Further texts:

By Marco Mauas here

By Éric Laurent here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Lacanian Transmission here

Networking and Politics here

Evidence Base for Treatments here

Texts on ‘The Symbolic Order in the XXIst Century’ here

Ethics here

Definitions of humanness here  & here

On Lacanian History here

Use of power here

Government as guarantor of Practice within Mental Health here

Government White Papers & Reports here

Mental Health here

Other Government actions here