As Dr. Marcela Polanco knocked on the door of Alicia’s house to meet her daughter “Sophia”, one of her first patients, she realized that she had omitted to review the little patient’s clinical history. It was too late to go back and she went in and got to know 4-year old Sophia for who she was, a creative, thoughtful and loving little girl. She also realized that Sophia had witnessed her dad physically abuse her mother, and that now she was experiencing bullying from other children at her school because of the color of her skin and her accent. On the way out, her mother confided to Dr. Polanco that she needed a lot of help, because of the four mental diagnosis that she had received from different professionals in the past year. This event changed Dr. Polanco’s course radically, and she explains how misguided and harmful a diagnosis can be to therapy and the proper healing of a child and what we owe to a patient.
The title refers to The Odyssey, Homer’s famous epic about Ulussys and how the sirens lured him from his path.
The Congress was organised by INTERVOICE, the Hellenic Hearing Voices Network and the Hellenic Observatory for Rights in the Field of Mental Health.
300 people from all over the world including people who hear voices, family members, friends, professionals and researchers gathered to share life experiences, perspectives and ideas.
You can see videos of the speeches and presentations here: