Voices from the Inside Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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One of sociology's most important missions is giving voice to those whose experiences are typically otherwise blunted, marginalized, or simply ignored. Featuring memorable, first-person accounts of mentally ill individuals, Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness allows students to connect directly with real-life "experts" who know mental illness all too intimately. This unique anthology addresses a variety of central topics surrounding mental illness, including suicide, hospitalization, the meanings of medication, the experiences of caregivers, and the stigma attached to mental illness. Each section of readings opens with a "sensitizing" introduction that outlines key questions, specific matters for student consideration, and ways in which social scientists approach relevant substantive issues. The thought-provoking discussion questions following each set of readings are designed to foster vibrant class discussion. Comprehensive enough to be used throughout a course--but brief enough to be combined with other supplementary materials or a full-scale textbook--Voices from the Inside is ideal for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses on the sociology of mental health and illness. It can also be used in courses in medical sociology, social work and mental health, nursing and mental health, and abnormal psychology.

Author Biography

David A. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. His books include Is It Me or My Meds? Living with Antidepressants (2006); The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental Illness (OUP, 2000); and Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness (OUP, 1996), which received the Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.:
Gretchen E. Sisson is is an advanced doctoral student in the Boston College Sociology Department and an alumna of Amherst College.

Table of Contents

Each Part opens with an Editors' Introduction
Giving Voice to the Mentally Ill
The Illness Experience
An Unwelcome Career
Flights of the Mind
The Eden Express
The Center Cannot Hold
The Auto Accident That Never Was
Denial and Addiction
Caregivers Speak
Everything Falls Apart
In Sickness and in Health
The Looney Bin Trip
The Quiet Room
The Meanings Of Medication
Prozac Diary
Teens Talk
The Reality Of Suicide
No Time to Say Goodbye
The Stigma of Mental Illness
To Tell or Not to Tell
Depressives in the Lounge
In The Community
The Ninth Floor
9 Highland Road
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