Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis

Author: Lucy Johnstone
Publisher: P C C S Books
ISBN: 9781906254667
Category: Psychology
Page: 150
View: 2685
A straight talking, myth busting book about psychiatric diagnosis and the flaws therein by a leading critical voice.

A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems

Author: John Read,Pete Sanders
Publisher: P C C S Books
ISBN: 9781906254193
Category: Psychology
Page: 165
View: 9996
Succinct, thought-provoking, introduction ideal for students in all mental health disciplines and everyone with an interest in mental health.

A Straight Talking Introduction to Children's Mental Health Problems

Author: Sami Timimi
Publisher: P C C S Books
ISBN: 9781906254155
Category: Medical
Page: 132
View: 7999
An excellent introduction ideal for students of all mental health disciplines and parents of children with mental health difficulties.

A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs

Author: Joanna Moncrieff
Publisher: P C C S Books
ISBN: 9781906254179
Category: Medical
Page: 155
View: 3885
Debunks many myths about how psychiatric drugs work and how useful they are. Informative, practical and at times, uncomfortable reading.

De-Medicalizing Misery

Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition
Author: M. Rapley,J. Moncrieff,J. Dillon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230342507
Category: Psychology
Page: 305
View: 3906
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.

A Straight Talking Introduction to Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems

Author: Jen Kilyon,Theresa Smith
Publisher: Pccs Books
ISBN: 9781906254186
Category: Caregivers
Page: 134
View: 8079
Tells how family and friends of people with complex mental health needs frequently have to battle for, and often with, mental health services, whilst they themselves can be stigmatised. This title is suitable for students in mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health.

A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis

Author: Peter Beresford,Richard Bentall
Publisher: Gardners Books
ISBN: 9781906254216
Page: N.A
View: 7217
Begins by asking 'Why bother with psychiatric diagnosis?' This work explains how psychiatric diagnoses were invented and questions their usefulness. It explores some of the problems of understanding the borderlines between 'sanity' and 'madness', and proposes alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis.

Users and Abusers of Psychiatry

A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice
Author: Lucy Johnstone
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134617437
Category: Psychology
Page: 320
View: 4199
Users and Abusers of Psychiatry is a radically different, critical account of the day-to-day practice of psychiatry. Using real-life examples and her own experience as a clinical psychologist, Lucy Johnstone argues that the traditional way of treating mental illness can often exacerbate people's original difficulties leaving them powerless, disabled and distressed. In this completely revised and updated second edition, she draws on a range of evidence to present a very different understanding of psychiatric breakdown than that found in standard medical textbooks. Users and Abusers of Psychiatry is a challenging but ultimately inspiring read for all who are involved in mental health - whether as professionals, students, service users, relatives or interested lay people.

A Prescription for Psychiatry

Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing
Author: P. Kinderman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137408715
Category: Psychology
Page: 212
View: 2663
This is a manifesto for an entirely new approach to psychiatric care; one that truly offers care rather than coercion, therapy rather than medication, and a return to the common sense appreciation that distress is usually an understandable reaction to life's challenges.

The Bitterest Pills

The Troubling Story of Antipsychotic Drugs
Author: J. Moncrieff
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137277440
Category: Psychology
Page: 278
View: 3082
A challenging reappraisal of the history of antipsychotics, revealing how they were transformed from neurological poisons into magical cures, their benefits exaggerated and their toxic effects minimized or ignored.

Agnes's Jacket

A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness.Revised and Updated with a New Epilogue by the Author
Author: Gail A. Hornstein
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351535951
Category: Psychology
Page: 326
View: 2950
In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform. Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of other psychiatric patients have managed to get their stories out, or to publish them on their own. Today, in a vibrant network of peer-advocacy groups all over the world, those with firsthand experience of emotional distress are working together to unravel the mysteries of madness and to help one another recover. Agnes’s Jacket tells their story, focusing especially on the Hearing Voices Network (HVN), an international collaboration of professionals, people with lived experience, and their families and friends who have been working to develop an alternative approach to coping with voices, visions, and other extreme states that is empowering and useful and does not start from the assumption that such people have a chronic illness. A vast gulf exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric conditions and the experiences of those who suffer. Hornstein’s work helps us to bridge that gulf, guiding us through the inner lives of those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, depression, and paranoia, and emerging with nothing less than a new model for understanding one another and ourselves.

Improving Medication Adherence

How to Talk with Patients about Their Medications
Author: Shawn C. Shea
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 9780781796224
Category: Medical
Page: 158
View: 6612
Written for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, case managers, and clinical pharmacists, this pioneering book is the first of its kind devoted to the delicate interface between clinical interviewing and medication adherence. Shawn Christopher Shea, MD takes the reader on a compelling and eminently practical exploration of how our words powerfully impact on whether or not patients are interested in taking medications and staying on them. Dr. Shea shares over forty specific interviewing techniques that are equally useful for medications for all disease states from hypertension, diabetes, and CHF to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The interviewing tips—brilliantly illustrated with their exact phrasings and all of their clinical nuances—were culled by Dr. Shea from the input of the thousands of front-line clinicians who have attended his popular workshops on "improving medication interest" given throughout the United States and Canada at over 200 locations. Improving Medication Adherence: How to Talk with Patients About Their Medications is a standout favorite with medical and nursing students in their "Introduction to Clinical Skills" courses because of its immediate practicality, eloquent yet disarmingly witty writing style, and remarkable brevity. It is equally appreciated by seasoned clinicians with years of experience who, as Dr. Shea writes, are keenly aware that "our science is always at its best, when it is held in the hands of compassion and enhanced by clinical skill."

The Myth of the Chemical Cure

A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
Author: J. Moncrieff
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230589448
Category: Medical
Page: 278
View: 9358
This book overturns the idea that psychiatric drugs work by correcting chemical imbalance and analyzes the professional, commercial and political vested interests that have shaped this view. It provides a comprehensive critique of research on drugs including antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers.

Critical Issues in Mental Health

Author: Robert Tummey,Tim Turner
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137181354
Category: Medical
Page: 240
View: 2461
This thought provoking text explores some of the most contentious issues in mental health today. Written by top authors in the field, each chapter explores a key subject area which is often ignored or avoided in mental health. Stimulating and lively in style, it is essential reading for all mental health students and practitioners.

A Straight Talking Introduction to Being a Mental Health Service User

Author: Peter Beresford
Publisher: Gardners Books
ISBN: 9781906254209
Category: Mental health counseling
Page: 142
View: 1097
Review: This book offers valuable information, a message of hope and a call for collective action for real, sustainable change through practical stragegies - I wish it had been available when I was beginning my own recovery from mental distress and psychiatric treatment, and I hope it is widely read and shared by mental health service users and survivors and those who care for or about them'. Jan Wallcraft, survivor researcher, Honorary Fellow, University of Birmingham, Visiting Fellow, University of Hertfordshire


Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good
Author: James Davies
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848315570
Category: Medical
Page: 336
View: 8557
Why is psychiatry such big business? Why are so many psychiatric drugs prescribed – 47 million antidepressant prescriptions in the UK alone last year – and why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952 to 374 today? The everyday sufferings and setbacks of life are now ‘medicalised’ into illnesses that require treatment – usually with highly profitable drugs. Psychological therapist James Davies uses his insider knowledge to illustrate for a general readership how psychiatry has put riches and medical status above patients’ well-being. The charge sheet is damning: negative drug trials routinely buried; antidepressants that work no better than placebos; research regularly manipulated to produce positive results; doctors, seduced by huge pharmaceutical rewards, creating more disorders and prescribing more pills; and ethical, scientific and treatment flaws unscrupulously concealed by mass-marketing. Cracked reveals for the first time the true human cost of an industry that, in the name of helping others, has actually been helping itself.

Person-centred Psychopathology

A Positive Psychology of Mental Health
Author: Stephen Joseph,Richard Worsley
Publisher: P C C S Books
ISBN: 9781898059691
Category: Psychology
Page: 373
View: 9834
Experts tackle subjects including person-centred understandings of psychotic functioning, autism and Aspergers, post-traumatic stress, postnatal depression and anti-social personality disorder.

Medicating Young Minds

How to Know If Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child
Author: Glen R. Elliott
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
ISBN: 9781584794899
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 272
View: 9435
An expert in psychiatric disorders in children explores the effects of psychiatric drugs--including anti-depressants and stimulants for ADHD--on children, arguing that doctors and teachers are too quick to recommend medications when they should be taking the time and steps to find out if drugs are necessary.

The Psychopath Test

A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1594485755
Category: Psychology
Page: 275
View: 6840
They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The Psychopath Test is the New York Times bestselling exploration of their world and the madness industry. When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world's top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he's sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath—a claim that might be only manipulation, and a sign of his psychopathy. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud, and with a legendary CEO who took joy in shutting down factories and firing people. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fueled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers. Along the way, Ronson discovers that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their most insane edges. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating adventure through the minds of madness.

Psychiatry in Context

Experience, Meaning & Communities
Author: Philip Thomas
Publisher: P C C S Books
ISBN: 9781906254728
Category: Medical
Page: 304
View: 9148
Examines the problems of psychiatric diagnosis, treatments, scientific models of madness and neuroscience.