De-medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology And The Human Condition by M. RapleyDe-medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology And The Human Condition by M. Rapley

De-medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology And The Human Condition

EditorM. Rapley, J. Moncrieff, J. Dillon

Paperback | October 12, 2011

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Psychiatry and psychology have constructed a mental health system that does no justice to the problems it claims to understand and creates multiple problems for its users. Yet the myth of biologically-based mental illness defines our present. The book rethinks madness and distress reclaiming them as human, not medical, experiences.
JAMES BOURNE Clinical psychologist and is currently working London, UK MARY BOYLE Professor Emerita of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, UK PATRICK BRACKEN Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork, Ireland CARLTON COULTER Clinical Psychologist who lives and works in East L...
Title:De-medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology And The Human ConditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:October 12, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230307914

ISBN - 13:9780230307919


Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors Preface; R.Dallos Carving Nature at its Joints? DSM and the Medicalization of Everyday Life; M.Rapley, J.Moncrieff & J.Dillon Dualisms and the Myth of Mental Illness; P.Thomas & P.Bracken Making the World Go Away, and How Psychology and Psychiatry Benefit; M.Boyle Cultural Diversity and Racism: An Historical Perspective; S.Fernando The Social Context of Paranoia; D.J.Harper From 'Bad Character' to BPD: The Medicalization of 'Personality Disorder'; J.Bourne Medicalizing Masculinity; S.Timimi Can Traumatic Events Traumatise People? Trauma, Madness and 'Psychosis'; L.Johnstone Children Who Witness Violence at Home; A.Vetere Discourses of Acceptance and Resistance: Speaking Out About Psychiatry; E.Speed The Personal Is the Political; J.Dillon 'I'm Just, You Know, Joe Bloggs': The Management of Parental Responsibility for First-Episode Psychosis; C.Coulter & M.Rapley The Myth of the Antidepressant: An Historical Analysis; J.Moncrieff Antidepressants and the Placebo Response; I.Kirsch Why Were Doctors so Slow to Recognise Antidepressant Discontinuation Problems?; D.Double Toxic Psychology; C.Newnes Psychotherapy: Illusion With No Future?; D.Smail The Psychologization of Torture; N.Patel What Is To Be Done?; J.Moncrieff, J.Dillon & M.Rapley Figure: Papers Using Term 'Antidepressant' On Medline 1957-1965 Index

Editorial Reviews

"Despite longstanding awareness of the limitations of the medical model when applied to difficulties of human behavior and adjustment, the fields of psychiatry and psychology continue to accede to the pressures of medicine and the drug industry in their conceptualization of these human realities. Ironically, however, this medical model, eager as it is to fit so much of people's experience into diagnostic categories, is a social construction. This book represents a significant effort to de-mystify, de-medicalize, and reclaim important aspects of the human condition." - Kenneth D. Keith, Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of San Diego"De-Medicalizing Misery has assembled an impressive cast of leading mental health experts. Together they challenge the simplistic and pessimistic biological model of human distress that has, with eager support from the pharmaceutical industry, dominated the mental health field for far too long. This evidence-based, humane, and optimistic book not only explains where biological psychiatry went wrong, it spells out the alternatives." - John Read, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Editor of Models of Madness "The psychiatrist or psychologist is expected to do something for every patient sitting in front of him or her, but how robust is the intellectual basis of psychiatric science when psychiatric ‘diseases’ are merely symptom clusters -- clustered by us, not by nature? We are in indeed in the age of the medicalization of everyday life, when Lord Layard, economist and architect of the IAPT program, can write in the BMJ that 'mental illness' has taken over from unemployment as our greatest social problem. But what is the test of 'mental illness'? In De-Medicalizing Misery the authors examine some of the domains lamentably absent from orthodox psychiatry and psychology training programs, with their medical model focus, and in so doing raise the IQ of the whole debate. And not just for clinicians." - Dr. Derek Summerfield, Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, UK