A form of organization, a vision, and practice in psychiatry.
An Introduction to OD is a brief presentation of the history and principles of Open Dialogue. Originally from Western Lapland, it has been successfully adapted to various contexts in different countries.
The words that form our thoughts are not static symbols. For Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin, words carry only fragments of meaning, with a more complete meaning arising only through an exchange of words (dialogue) with others. This could mean that our language, our thoughts, and our world are constructed largely through our interpersonal relationships, rather than on empirical truths.
Open Dialogue focuses on social care rather than medication and hospitalization. It optimally meets the needs of patients and their families. Research for the past 30 years points towards an 80% of sustainable recoveries for first crisis interventions, proving this approach to be the best in the Western world—a fundamentally human form of approaching and working with people in psychic difficulty.