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Titel: Postpsychiatry: Mental Health in a Postmodern World
Autor/en: Patrick J. Bracken, Philip Thomas

ISBN: 0198526091
EAN: 9780198526094
Sprache: Englisch.

Februar 2006 - kartoniert - 312 Seiten


Postpsychiatry shows how recent developments in philosophy and ethics can help us to clarify some of the dilemmas and conflicts around different understandings of madness. Throughout, the authors examine the conflicting ways in which politicians, academics, and mental health professionals appear to understand madness, and contrast this with voices and experiences that are usually excluded - those of the people who use mental health services. Drawing on evidence from psychiatric service users and survivors, the humanities and anthropology, it points out a brave new direction for mental health practice.


Introduction: 'The times they are a-changin' ; Doing their best ; 1. Values, evidence, conflict ; 2. What counts as evidence? ; The miracle drug ; 3. The battle for acceptance: defining the relationship between medicine and the world of madness and distress ; The ring ; 4. Foregrounding contexts: what kinds of understanding are appropriate in the world of mental illness? ; Losing Peter ; 5. Mind, language and meaning ; Beetles ; 6. Ethics before technology - is 'treatment' the best way to think about mental health work? ; 7. Narrative and the ethics of representation ; 8. Meaning and recovery ; 9. Citizenship and the politics of identity ; 10. Are you local? Responding to the challenge of globalisation in mental health ; The veil


Patrick Bracken is a graduate of the National University of Ireland who did his early medical and psychiatric training in Southern Ireland. In the years 1987-1991 he worked for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in Uganda and subsequently worked for the Medical Foundation in London. His M.D. degree was awarded for research with a rural village in the notorious 'Luwero Triangle' of Uganda. His interest in the psychological effects of violence has continued and he has carried out a number of consultancies for Save The Children in West Africa and most recently with refugees from Bhutan living in Nepal. Philip Thomas is a writer and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Citizenship and Community Mental Health, in the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford. Until recently he was consultant psychiatrist with Bradford's Assertive Outreach Team, and had worked as a full time consultant for over 20 years in the NHS, in Manchester, North Wales and Bradford. His academic interests include critical social and cultural psychiatry and philosophy. He is also interested in narrative and the problems of representation in medicine and literature. He has developed alliances with survivors of psychiatry and service users, locally, nationally and internationally. He is well-known for his academic and clinical work on the experience of hearing voices, arguing that these, and other experiences of psychosis, are understandable in the context of the person's life story and current life circumstances.


... this book is very successful at making you think about your clinical practice... It challenged my thinking and I found myself nodding my head to some of the ideas presented, but totally disagreeing with others. If the aim of this book is to challenge status quo thinking then it does this very well and for this alone is highly recommended. Journal of Mental Health ... this book provides an engaged and, at times, provocative critique of the current state of psychiatry. As such, it deserves a wide readership. British Journal of Psychiatry ... an important book, and should be read by everyone with half a care to improve their understanding and practice. Mental Health Today

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