Models of Madness 2nd Edition

“Truly, a revolution is occurring in our understanding of severe mental illness. … This volume will serve as an inspiration, not only to established clinicians and researchers, but to the young people who will develop better services for people with psychosis in the future.” – Richard Bentall, from the Foreword

Models of Madness Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis Second Edition
24th May 2013: 448pp. Pb: 978-0-415-57953-7: £29.99
Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

“The publication is very timely given the international debate about this month’s publication of DSM-5, the latest and most controversial version of psychiatry’s diagnostic ‘bible’. Our book documents all the evidence showing that these diagnoses are unscientific and a major cause of the stigma faced by people who receive these labels. It also presents the research demonstrating the urgent need for a fundamental paradigm shift towards evidence-based, effective and humane mental health services.” – Prof John Read, Lead Editor

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’.
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