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Understanding Mental Health and Illness
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Understanding Mental Health and Illness


192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How do we distinguish between madness, mental illness and emotional distress? What are the consequences of this distinction in the provision of care and for the protection of individual and society?

The concept of mental illness, and how best to define and manage it, continue to be hotly debated and present vital challenges to students in the health and social sciences. Pulling together perspectives from sociology, psychiatry, psychology, philosophy, ethics and history, this multidisciplinary text introduces students to current theory and evidence in order to bring them to a critical understanding of the debate. In three chronologically structured sections, the book explores:

-The development and organisation of Western psychiatry;

-Challenges to and social critiques of biomedicine and psychiatry, and

-Current controversies in mental health.

An up-to-date and incisive introduction to the subject which includes illuminating case material, this book is essential reading for students of medicine, nursing, psychology, social work and social policy.

 
PART ONE: THE DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANIZATION OF (WESTERN) PSYCHIATRY
 
The History of Madness and the Asylum
 
Biomedical Models of the Causation of Mental Illness
 
Classification and Diagnostic Criteria
 
Pharmaceutical and Physical Treatments
 
PART TWO: CHALLENGES TO AND SOCIAL CRITIQUES OF BIOMEDICINE AND PSYCHIATRY
 
Psychodynamic Approaches, the Rise and Rall of Psychological Therapies and 'Talking Cures'
 
The Social (and Political) Control of Madness: Labelling Theory, 'Normalcy' and Anti-Psychiatry
 
Social Constructionism or Social Causation? Cross Cultural Perspectives, Ethnicity and 'Race', Gender, Age and Sexuality
 
Social Capital, Mental Health Inequalities and Psychosocial Interventions
 
PART THREE: CONTEMPORARY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
 
Integrated Medicine and Community Health Care
 
Lay Concepts, User Groups and Expert Patients
 
Media Representations of 'Dangerousness', Vulnerability and Public Understandings of Mental Illness
 
Emotional Health: A Viable Concept for the 21st Century?

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