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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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REIS, Alberto Olavo Advíncula. Mental health, democracy and responsability. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2010, vol.20, n.1, pp. 11-15. ISSN 0104-1282.

In this article the relationships between mental health and the tasks of the democracy in Brazil are focused. In such context, the challenges that the Custody and Psychiatric Treatment Hospitals present to the mental health field are studied. The Judiciaries Asylum, their logic and their population are considered as the last resistant border against the anti-asylum movement. Such institutions, placed between madness and crime, produce and reproduce, specifically and ambiguously, the myth of the danger/aggressiveness. Particularly in this context, the article analyzes the question of the responsibility of the author of infractions due to mental disorder.

Palavras-chave : mental health; democracy; asylum judiciary; responsibility.

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