9781137408709

A Prescription for Psychiatry Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137408709

  • ISBN10:

    1137408707

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-09-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

A Prescription for Psychiatry lays bare the flaws and failings of traditional mental health care and offers a radical alternative. Exposing the old-fashioned biological 'disease model' of psychiatry as unscientific and unhelpful, it calls for a revolution in the way we plan and deliver care. Kinderman challenges the way we think about mental health problems, arguing that the origins of distress are largely social, and urges a change from a 'disease model' to a 'psychosocial model'. The book persuasively argues that we should significantly reduce our use of psychiatric medication, and help should be tailored to each person's unique needs. 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.

Author Biography

Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, UK. His research activity and clinical work concentrate on understanding and helping people with serious and enduring mental health problems, and on how psychological science can assist public policy in health and social care.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Disease-model of Mental Health: A System in Crisis

1. Get the Message Right: A Psychosocial Model of Mental Health and Well-being

2. Understand, Don't Diagnose

3. The Drugs Don't Work… So Offer Real Solutions

4. Promote Health and Well-being

5. Residential Care… Not Medical Coercion

6. Teamworking

7. Social and Community Services in Local Authority Management

8. Can We Afford It?

9. A Manifesto for the Reform of Mental Health and Well-being Services

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