“Psychotropification” is a portmanteau word made of “Psyche” – the human soul, mind or spirit – and tropism: the turning of all or part of an organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus. Therefore, the portmanteau word Psychotropification refers to the ways we are modeling our soul, by means of external stimuli. These external stimuli are many, but mostly we are speaking here of psychiatric medications, although not only. A psychiatric medication is a licensed (legal) psychoactive drug taken to exert an effect on the chemical makeup of the brain and nervous system. Since the mid-20th century, such medications have been leading treatments for a broad range of mental disorders and have decreased the need for long-term hospitalization, therefore lowering the cost of mental health care. This is what is called post-asylum health care. Or the mental hospital without walls.

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