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This is an exciting collection of writings by people who have experienced mental distress. It includes accounts of psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and alternative treatments; life in mental institutions and moves into the community; self-help methods and work to improve mental health services. Moving, sometimes funny and often dramatic, the pieces are written by some of the key activists in the mental health survivors' movement, as well as by people best known as writers and poets and others who, for a period of time, have been caught up with mental distress and have something original to say.


Description

This is an exciting collection of writings by people who have experienced mental distress. It includes accounts of psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and alternative treatments; life in mental institutions and moves into the community; self-help methods and work to improve mental health services. Moving, sometimes funny and often dramatic, the pieces are written by some of the key activists in the mental health survivors' movement, as well as by people best known as writers and poets and others who, for a period of time, have been caught up with mental distress and have something original to say.


Reviews

'This is a profoundly moving collection of testimonies to the ability of the human spirit not only to endure and survive but to learn and teach from the depth of experience... This book could be a powerful force for change.' - Lisa Haywood, Vice-Chair of National Mind and user of the mental health system

'The overall effect of this book is to give a picture of the real world of real people that contrasts so vividly with what goes for knowledge within traditional psychiatry. Sign, symptoms, psychopathology and diagnosis, the bread-and-butter of psychiatry, all acquire new meanings in the light of the insights that emanate from the chapters in this book. I wish this book had been around at the time I was training to become a psychiatrist. It should be compulsory reading for all mental health professionals before they are let out into the world. And if this happens... who knows... we may even get a mental health service that is geared to dealing with people rather than illness.' - Suman Fernando, Consultant Psychiatrist


Contents

Introduction - PART ONE: EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AND ITS CAUSES - Introduction - Agoraphobia: Letting Go; P. Mason - Afraid to Live and Afraid to Die; R.B. - A Survival Story; P. Bremner - Silent Scream; M. Ross - Finger Pickin' Good; L. Thorn - Thro' a Glass Darkly; 'a Psychiatric Nurse' - I've Lost My Innocence; Nicki - The Pressure of Being a Human Chameleon; V. el Khalifa - Unplanned Journey; D. Friel McGowin - PART TWO: PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT - Introduction - Two Accounts of Mental Distress; M. O'Hagan - Mania; B. Howard - Schizophrenia From the Inside; R. Jameson - Challenging Loss of Power; P. Campbell - ECT is Barbaric; L. Taylor - Choosing ECT; R. Perkins - The Right to be Informed; C.McIntosh - Prozac Really isn't That Great; E. Wurtzel - PART THREE: LIFE AS AN IN-PATIENT - Introduction - Thunk Among the Jolly Bunks; L. Irvine - Ward; M. O'Higgins - Why We Run for Cover; Anon. - By Definition; W. Lindsay - Therapy Room; W. Lewis - Stay Calm and Charm Them; L. Hart - I Wanted to Scream and Shout; J. Laing - An Utter Disaster; K.H. - Label Removed but Scar Remains; J. Bell PART FOUR: MOVING INTO THE COMMUNITY - Introduction - Jane - Writing from the Pastures: Paying the Penalty, I Can Get About, There's Nothing You Can Do; Anon. - Don't Go Back; W. Lindsay - The Sanctuary in North London; M. Henderson - A Second Chance for Life; J. Tugwell - Clive - Alienation; J. Meredith - Nutter to Normal; J. Read - A Comparative Study of Application Forms for Housing Benefit and an American Express Card; P. Good - PART FIVE: THERAPY AND SELF HELP - Introduction - Time, Faith and Encouragement; R. Caplin - Healing Through Creativity; C. Hambrook - Obsessed; M. Sangster - Neurotics at War; D. Wigoder - One-To-One; Margery - Reflections on Therapy; B. Taylor - Eleventh Contributor; L. Pembroke - PART SIX: WORKING FOR CHANGE - Introduction - What We Want From Mental Health Services; J. Read - What Users Want From Mental Health Crisis Services; P. Campbell - Now is Your Chance to Help Undo Some Wrongs; V. Lindow - Becoming Fully Ourselves; J. Wallcraft - We Can Still Find a Way to be Heard; S. King - Listening in the Asylum; M. Nettle - Who Do You Represent? Shaking Hands with the Devil; Beeforth - Having Space to Talk and Think; T. Simpson - What Has Disability got to do with Psychiatric Survivors?; P. Beresford, G. Gifford and C. Harrison