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Radical hope: knowing the seeming impossibility of the task and still having hope anyways.
Psychiatry & Society
H. Steven Moffic, MD, discusses his concept of radical hope in the context of dying, and doing so gracefully.
To see the eulogies he mentioned, read Eulogies for Psychiatrists Who Practiced with the Courage of Their Convictions.
To see the article about medical aid in dying in Colombia, read First Colombian With Nonterminal Illness Legally Dies via Euthanasia.
To see the discussion about ethics and medical aid in dying, read Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Egregious Boundary Violation.
Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues relate to climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric TimesTM.