Madness Explained

Psychosis and Human Nature

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Author: Richard P Bentall

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141909323

Category: Psychology

Page: 656

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Today most of us accept the consensus that madness is a medical condition: an illness, which can be identified, classified and treated with drugs like any other. In this ground breaking and controversial work Richard Bentall shatters the myths that surround madness. He shows there is no reassuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologically, as part of normal behaviour andhuman nature. Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. Could it be that it is a fear of madness, rather than the madness itself, that is our problem?

Madness Explained

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Author: BENTALL RICHARD P.

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141975382

Category:

Page: 656

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A revised edition of the groundbreaking classic on mental illness. Is madness purely a medical condition that can be treated with drugs? Is there a clear dividing line between who is sane and who is insane? In his groundbreaking work, Madness Explained, leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall shattered the modern myths that surround psychosis. For this revised edition, he adds new material drawing on the recent advances in molecular genetics, new studies of the role of environment in psychosis, and important discoveries on early symptoms preceding illness, among other important developments in our understanding.

Madness Explained

Psychosis and Human Nature

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Author: Richard P Bentall

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141975412

Category: Psychology

Page: 656

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Madness Explained

Psychosis and Human Nature

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Author: Richard P Bentall

Publisher: NY Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 656

View: 9084

Today most of us accept the consensus that madness is a medical condition: an illness, which can be identified, classified and treated with drugs like any other. In this ground breaking and controversial work Richard Bentall shatters the myths that surround madness. He shows there is no reassuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologically, as part of normal behaviour andhuman nature. Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. Could it be that it is a fear of madness, rather than the madness itself, that is our problem?

Models of Madness

Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis

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Author: John Read,Jacqui Dillon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134055021

Category: Psychology

Page: 448

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Are hallucinations and delusions really symptoms of an illness called ‘schizophrenia’? Are mental health problems really caused by chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions? Are psychiatric drugs as effective and safe as the drug companies claim? Is madness preventable? This second edition of Models of Madness challenges those who hold to simplistic, pessimistic and often damaging theories and treatments of madness. In particular it challenges beliefs that madness can be explained without reference to social causes and challenges the excessive preoccupation with chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions as causes of human misery, including the conditions that are given the name 'schizophrenia'. This edition updates the now extensive body of research showing that hallucinations, delusions etc. are best understood as reactions to adverse life events and that psychological and social approaches to helping are more effective and far safer than psychiatric drugs and electroshock treatment. A new final chapter discusses why such a damaging ideology has come to dominate mental health and, most importantly, how to change that. Models of Madness is divided into three sections: Section One provides a history of madness, including examples of violence against the ‘mentally ill’, before critiquing the theories and treatments of contemporary biological psychiatry and documenting the corrupting influence of drug companies. Section Two summarises the research showing that hallucinations, delusions etc. are primarily caused by adverse life events (eg. parental loss, bullying, abuse and neglect in childhood, poverty, etc) and can be understood using psychological models ranging from cognitive to psychodynamic. Section Three presents the evidence for a range of effective psychological and social approaches to treatment, from cognitive and family therapy to primary prevention. This book brings together thirty-seven contributors from ten countries and a wide range of scientific disciplines. It provides an evidence-based, optimistic antidote to the pessimism of biological psychiatry. Models of Madness will be essential reading for all involved in mental health, including service users, family members, service managers, policy makers, nurses, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychoanalysts, social workers, occupational therapists, art therapists.

Doctoring the Mind

Why psychiatric treatments fail

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Author: Richard P Bentall

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141917830

Category: Medical

Page: 384

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Towards the end of the twentieth century, the solution to mental illness seemed to be found. It lay in biological solutions, focusing on mental illness as a problem of the brain, to be managed or improved through drugs. We entered the 'Prozac Age' and believed we had moved on definitively from the time of frontal lobotomies to an age of good and successful mental healthcare. Biological psychiatry had triumphed. Except maybe it hadn't. Starting with surprising evidence from the World Health Organisation that suggests people recover better from mental illness in a developing country than in the first world, Doctoring the Mind asks the question: how good are our mental health services, really? Richard Bentall picks apart the science that underlies current psychiatric practice across the US and UK. Arguing passionately for a future of mental health treatment that focuses as much on patients as individuals as on the brain itself, this is a book set to redefine our understanding of the treatment of madness in the twenty-first century.

Reconstructing Schizophrenia

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Author: Richard P. Bentall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134966776

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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`The summaries of evidence have provided ready-made challenges to previously unquestioned medical options ... the book provides a challenging update on the nature of scientific inquiry.' - British Journal of Clinical Psychology Despite nearly one hundred years of research, very little progress has been achieved in the understanding of schizophrenic behaviour. There remains considerable uncertainty even about the fundamental features of the hypothesised illness. Reconstructing Schizophrenia subjects the difficult concept of schizophrenia to rigorous scientific, historical and sociological scrutiny. They ask why a biological defect has been assumed in the absence of hard evidence and look at what can be done psychologically to alleviate schizophrenic symptoms. Finally, they explore what new models and research strategies are required in order to understand schizophrenic behaviour. The result is a book that provides a distinctive and critical perspective on modern psychiatric theories and which demonstrates the severe limitations of an exclusively medical approach to understanding madness.

Doctoring the Mind

Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?

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Author: Richard P. Bentall

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814787236

Category: Psychology

Page: 388

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Toward the end of the twentieth century, the solution to mental illness seemed to be found. It lay in biological solutions, focusing on mental illness as a problem of the brain, to be managed or improved through drugs. We entered the "Prozac Age" and believed we had moved far beyond the time of frontal lobotomies to an age of good and successful mental healthcare. Biological psychiatry had triumphed. Except maybe it hadn’t. Starting with surprising evidence from the World Health Organization that suggests that people recover better from mental illness in a developing country than in the first world, Doctoring the Mind asks the question: how good are our mental healthcare services, really? Richard P. Bentall picks apart the science that underlies our current psychiatric practice. He puts the patient back at the heart of treatment for mental illness, making the case that a good relationship between patients and their doctors is the most important indicator of whether someone will recover. Arguing passionately for a future of mental health treatment that focuses as much on patients as individuals as on the brain itself, this is a book set to redefine our understanding of the treatment of madness in the twenty-first century.

Strong Imagination

Madness, Creativity and Human Nature

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Author: Daniel Nettle,Lecturer in Biological Psychology Daniel Nettle, Ph.D.

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780198507062

Category: Psychology

Page: 235

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'lucid, imaginative unravelling of insanity' -The Scotsman 20/4/2002'[a] fascinating, pithy little book' -The Sunday Times Books'[a] fascinating, lucid book' -BMJ'... written with wonderful lucidity and suggestiveness.' -Times Literary Supplement

Think You're Crazy? Think Again

A Resource Book for Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis

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Author: Anthony P. Morrison,Julia Renton,Paul French,Richard Bentall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317822161

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

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Are you troubled by hearing voices or seeing visions that others do not? Do you believe that other people are trying to harm you or control you? Do you feel that something odd is going on that you can’t explain or that things are happening around you with a special meaning? Do you worry that other people can read your mind or that thoughts are being put in your head? Think You’re Crazy? Think Again provides an effective step-by-step aid to understanding your problems, making positive changes and promoting recovery. Written by experts in the field, this book will help you to: understand how your problems developed and what keeps them going use questionnaires and monitoring sheets to identify and track changes in the links between your experiences, how you make sense of these and how you feel and behave learn how to change thoughts, feelings and behaviour for the better practice skills between sessions using worksheets Based on clinically proven techniques and filled with examples of how cognitive therapy can help people with distressing psychotic experiences, Think You’re Crazy? Think Again will be a valuable resource for people with psychosis.

Psychosis

Understanding and Treatment

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Author: Jane Ellwood

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781853022654

Category: Medical

Page: 186

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Bringing together a number of pioneering thinkers and workers ni the field of psychosis, this book provides an interrogation of 'official theories' surrounding schizophrenia and examines the range of ways in which psychosis can be thought about and worked with. The first part of the book, which deals with the meaning of psychosis, presents papers on the development of psychosis from historical, social, theoretical and emotional perspectives. It explains current psychoanalytical ideas of the meaning of psychosis and looks at the ways in which psychoanalytic theorists have found meaning in the commuications of psychotic patients. The more clinically oriented papters in the second part of the book focus on the treatment of psychosis. These describe ongoing work in therpeutic settings with people diagnosed as being schizophrenic, as well as the effects on staff working with psychotic patients. This is an encouraging and stimulating book for students and professionals int he field of psychosis, who often feel isolated in their efforts to understand their patients.

Psychology, Mental Health and Distress

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Author: John Cromby,David Harper,Paula Reavey

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137295899

Category: Psychology

Page: 452

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What does the word 'schizophrenia' mean to you? Perhaps your first thought is of someone with a medical condition that involves some kind of brain disease? But what if you knew that the person in question had been through a traumatic childhood? Would that change how you thought about their mental health? And what impact does this have on how we as a society interact with people with mental distress? Psychology, Mental Health and Distress is the first mainstream textbook that reconsiders the traditional emphasis on the biological and psychiatric models for what is commonly, but contentiously, known as 'abnormal psychology' or 'psychopathology'. It provides a fully rounded account of mental distress, including social and relationship causes, and challenges your preconceptions about what you think you know about mental health. Key features: * Reflects new approaches to mental health and the kinds of psychological interventions (or 'treatments') for those experiencing distress, moving away from a limited diagnostic model * Offers a wealth of case stories to portray the reality of living with distress, building your empathy to encourage sensitive practice * Fully informed by current experimental, qualitative and theoretical psychological research including research into hearing voices * Written by a team of leading clinical and social psychologists with additional contributions by renowned figures including Richard Bentall, a bestselling Penguin author whose Madness Explained won the 2004 BPS Book Award * Includes a chapter authored by those with first-hand experience of mental health services, ensuring you understand the nuances of this emotionally charged, and often controversial, topic The authors draw from a range of experience, examples and approaches to present this student-friendly and engaging text: core reading for anyone serious about understanding mental health issues.

Schizophrenia

A Scientific Delusion?

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Author: Mary Boyle

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415227186

Category: Psychology

Page: 362

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Brain on Fire

My Month of Madness

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Author: Susannah Cahalan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451621388

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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An account of the author's struggle with a rare brain-attacking autoimmune disease traces how she woke up in a hospital room with no memory of baffling psychotic symptoms, describing the last-minute intervention by a doctor who identified the source of her illness.

The New Laws of Psychology

Why Nature and Nurture Alone Can't Explain Human Behaviour

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Author: Peter Kinderman

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1780336012

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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This controversial new book describes how human behaviour - thoughts, emotions, actions and mental health - can be largely explained if we understand how people make sense of their world and how that framework of understanding has been learned. In this ground-breaking book, Peter Kinderman, presents a simple, but radical new model of mental well-being. Published following the publication of the new edition of the controversial, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the author challenges notions such as 'mental illness' and 'abnormal psychology' as old-fashioned, demeaning and invalid, and argues that diagnoses such as 'depression' and 'schizophrenia' are unhelpful. Kinderman argues that one consequence of our current obsession with a medical approach to human well-being and distress, is that human problems are too often merely diagnosed and treated, rather than understood. Witten by an expert in his field, and accessible to all those interested in and affected by mental health issues, The New Laws of Psychology will change the way we define mental illness forever.

Madness, Heresy, and the Rumor of Angels

The Revolt Against the Mental Health System

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Author: Seth Farber

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 9780812692006

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 266

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This is a collection of seven true stories of individuals insulted and injured by the mental health system, individuals who then fought back, broke free, and rebuilt their lives. Madness, Heresy, and the Rumor of Angels is a work in the tradition of Thomas Szasz, R. D. Laing, and Erving Goffman, a challenge to the delusional belief-system known as psychiatry, and a protest against its appalling crimes.

Nature Via Nurture

Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human

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Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060006781

Category: Science

Page: 326

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Documents the 2001 discovery that there are fewer genes in a human genome than previously thought and considers the argument that nurture elements are also largely responsible for human behavior.

The Divided Self

An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness

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Author: R. Laing

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141962089

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

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First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so revolutionized the way we perceive mental illness. Using case studies of patients he had worked with, psychiatrist R. D. Laing argued that psychosis is not a medical condition but an outcome of the 'divided self', or the tension between the two personas within us: one our authentic, private identity, and the other the false, 'sane' self that we present to the world.

Why the reckless survive-- and other secrets of human nature

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Author: Melvin Konner

Publisher: Viking Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 306

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Assesses the influence of human genetics on personality and behavior, and discusses human sexuality, childbirth customs, mental illness, depression, utopian ideals, lobotomies, and criminal behavior

Outside Mental Health

Voices and Visions of Madness

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Author: Will Hall

Publisher: Madness Radio

ISBN: 9780996514309

Category: Law

Page: 402

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, "What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?" More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human spirit by transforming society. "Bold, fearless, and compellingly readable... a refuge and an oasis from the overblown claims of American psychiatry" - Christopher Lane, author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became an Illness "A terrific conversation partner." - Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness "Brilliant...wonderfully grand and big-hearted." - Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America "Must-read for anyone interested in creating a more just and compassionate world." - Alison Hillman, Open Society Foundation Human Rights Initiative "An intelligent, thought-provoking, and rare concept. These are voices worth listening to." - Mary O'Hara, The Guardian "A new, helpful, liberating-and dare I say, sane-way of re-envisioning our ideas of mental illness." Paul Levy, Director of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, Portland, Oregon "A fantastic resource for those who are seeking change." Dr. Pat Bracken MD, psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Service, West Cork, Ireland