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Psicologia para América Latina

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PAULON, Simone et al. A saúde mental no contexto da Estratégia Saúde da Família no Brasil. Psicol. Am. Lat. [online]. 2013, n.25, pp. 24-42. ISSN 1870-350X.

Conceptions of mental health and madness and ways of functioning associated with these representations in teams of the Family Health Strategy (FHE) in two units of the core network in the cities of Natal and Porto Alegre are analyzed. This descriptive research was based on semi-structured interviews with professionals of the two units. 40 interviews were made in Natal and 14 in Porto Alegre. The analysis of the information using the theoretical and methodological perspective of institutional analysis. It was possible to observe the presence of rigid and preconceived conceptions about madness, associated with dangerousness and behavioral discontrol. Also, there is a strong tendency to solve mental healthcare needs through the simple administration of psychiatric medication. Training processes were revealed as a tool capable of producing transformations in the conceptions on mental health and madness, making possible new ways of group and institutional functioning.

Keywords : mental health; basic healthcare; psychiatric reform.

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