In this rebuttal, the author responds to the criticisms made by Andrea Angelozzi and by Euro Pozzi to his contribution on dangerousness and control in psychiatry (Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane, issue no. 2/2017, pp. 285-306). He returns to the need for an approach to this problem that, at least in the first phase, ignores the technical and legal aspects involved. Such an approach must focus on the request of protection that comes from some patients, on the need of control that at times are proper to psychiatric work, and on the basic attitude with which they must be addressed. Psychiatry is involved in both inner and outer worlds of the patient; these aspects are so closely intertwined in the same person that they cannot be faced separately from each other.
Keywords: Community psychiatry; Dangerousness; Control; Surveillance; Sustain