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A Prescription for Psychiatry

Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

Authors: Kinderman, P.

  • This book proposes radical and fundamental changes to the organization and delivery of mental health interventions from diagnosis and treatment to policy and provision
  • Written by one of the UK's leading authorities on mental health services
  • Directly responds to DSM-5's diagnostic criteria and the UK government's health system reforms
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About this book

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.

About the authors

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.

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'Peter Kinderman puts his finger on much that is wrong with modern-day psychiatry, with its obsession with empty diagnostic labels, indiscriminate and uncomprehending use of toxic drugs for years on end, and its blindness to the social context of suffering and distress. Kinderman sketches a welcome vision of an alternative approach grounded in a society that fosters well-being through political means, with services oriented to helping people address their unique individual problems. It is a challenging but realistic vision for change, and should open a much-needed debate.' - Joanna Moncrieff, University College London, UK

'In this book Peter Kinderman argues that mental health services are too reactive and medicalised and he outlines a manifesto for a psychosocial approach, putting much more emphasis on wellbeing and public health, with services based within local authorities rather than the health system. This is a much-needed intervention in current debates about mental health policy and should be read by anyone interested in rethinking how we respond to serious psychological distress.' - David Harper, University of East London, UK

'Professor Kinderman has spent his career working in our mental health services and has reached the conclusion that in their current form they often do more harm than good. His 'prescription for psychiatry' is either visionary or scandalous, depending on your point of view, but never boring. A must-read for everyone with an interest in mental health.' - Anne Cooke, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Disease Model of Mental Health: A System in Crisis

    Kinderman, Peter

    Pages 1-29

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

    Kinderman, Peter

    Pages 30-47

  • Understand, Don’t Diagnose

    Kinderman, Peter

    Pages 48-82

  • The Drugs Don’t Work … So Offer Real Solutions

    Kinderman, Peter

    Pages 83-101

  • Promote Health and Well-being

    Kinderman, Peter

    Pages 102-125

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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-40871-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Download immediately after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-40869-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $32.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-40870-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Prescription for Psychiatry
Book Subtitle
Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40871-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137408716
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40869-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-40870-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 212
Topics