Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness

Paperback | July 16, 2009

EditorDavid A. Karp, Gretchen E. Sisson

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One of sociology's most important missions is giving voice to those whose experiences are typically otherwise blunted, marginalized, or simply ignored. Featuring memorable, first-person accounts of mentally ill individuals, Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illnessallows students to connect directly with real-life "experts" who know mental illness all too intimately. This unique anthology addresses a variety of central topics surrounding mental illness, including suicide, hospitalization, the meanings of medication, the experiences of caregivers, and the stigma attached to mental illness. Each section of readings opens with a "sensitizing" introduction thatoutlines key questions, specific matters for student consideration, and ways in which social scientists approach relevant substantive issues. The thought-provoking discussion questions following each set of readings are designed to foster vibrant class discussion. Comprehensive enough to be used throughout a course--but brief enough to be combined with other supplementary materials or a full-scale textbook--Voices from the Inside is ideal for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses on the sociology of mental health and illness. It can also be used incourses in medical sociology, social work and mental health, nursing and mental health, and abnormal psychology.

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One of sociology's most important missions is giving voice to those whose experiences are typically otherwise blunted, marginalized, or simply ignored. Featuring memorable, first-person accounts of mentally ill individuals, Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illnessallows students to connect directly with rea...

David A. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. His books include Is It Me or My Meds? Living with Antidepressants (2006); The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental Illness (OUP, 2000); and Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness (OUP, 1996), which received the Charles Horton ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 0.5 inPublished:July 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Each Part opens with an Editors' Introduction: IntroductionDavid A. Karp: Giving Voice to the Mentally IllPart I. The Illness ExperienceDavid A. Karp: 1. An Unwelcome CareerKay Redfield Jamison: 2. Flights of the MindMark Vonnegut: 3. The Eden ExpressElyn Saks: 4. The Center Cannot HoldJudith Rappaport: 5. The Auto Accident that Never WasCarolyn Knapp: 6. Denial and AddictionPart II. Caregivers SpeakClea Simon: 7. Everything Falls ApartDavid A. Karp: 8. Till Death Do Us PartPart III. HospitalizationKate Millet: 9. The Looney Bin TripLori Shiller: 10. The Quiet RoomPart IV. The Meanings of MedicationLauren Slater: 11. Prozac DiaryDavid A. Karp: 12. Teens TalkPart V. The Reality of SuicideCarla Fine: 13. No Time to Say GoodbyePart VI. The Stigma of Mental IllnessCarol Owen: 14. To Tell or Not to TellSharon O'Brien: 15. Depressives in the LoungePart VII. In the CommunityPete Early: 16. The Ninth FloorMichael Wiherip: 17. 9 Highland RoadPart VIII. RecoveringMartha Manning: 18. UndercurrentsMarya Hornbacher: 19. Wasted