Critical Psychiatry: The Limits of Madness

Hardcover | September 5, 2006

EditorD.B. Double, D.b Double

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Psychiatry is increasingly dominated by the reductionist claim that mental illness is caused by neurobiological abnormalities such as chemical imbalances in the brain. Critical psychiatry does not believe that this is the whole story and proposes a more ethical foundation for practice. This book describes an original framework for renewing mental health services in alliance with people with mental health problems. It is an advance over the polarization created by the "anti-psychiatry" of the past.

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Psychiatry is increasingly dominated by the reductionist claim that mental illness is caused by neurobiological abnormalities such as chemical imbalances in the brain. Critical psychiatry does not believe that this is the whole story and proposes a more ethical foundation for practice. This book describes an original framework for rene...

D.B. DOUBLE is Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and University of East Anglia, UK. He is a founding member and website editor of the Critical Psychiatry Network (www.criticalpsychiatry.co.uk).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.8 × 5.62 × 0.76 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230001289

ISBN - 13:9780230001282

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Notes on Contributors * Introduction: Critical Psychiatry: Reducing the Biomedical Dominance of Psychiatry--D.B.Double * PART 1: ANTI-PSYCHIATRY AND CRITICAL PSYCHIATRY IN RETROSPECT * Historical Perspectives on Anti-Psychiatry--D.B.Double * From 'Anti-Psychiatry' to Critical Psychiatry--J.Heaton * Transcultural Mental Health Care and the Challenge to Positivist Psychiatry--D.Ingleby * PART 2: THE PROSPECT OF CRITICAL PSYCHIATRY * The Limits of Biomedical Frameworks--L.Johnstone * Understanding Psychiatry's Resistance to Change--T.Lynch * The Politics of Psychiatric Drug Treatment--J.Moncrieff * British Mental Health Social Work and the Psychosocial Approach in Context--S.Ramon * Democracy, Citizenship and the Radial Possibilities of Postpsychiatry--P.Bracken & P.Thomas * The Biopsychological Approach in Psychiatry: The Meyerian Legacy--D.B.Double * Critical Child Psychiatry--S.Timimi * Conclusion: Critical Psychiatry and Conflict: Renewing Mental Health Practice--D.B.Double * Index