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A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing 2014th Edition

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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

About the Author

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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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2014 edition (September 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137408707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137408709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Keith Conners on October 21, 2014
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A very important book showing how the "disease model" of psychiatry has set us astray from psychiatry's true purpose. Once stated so clearly, the thesis is so obvious and compelling that we wonder how the mental health professions could have been so readily seduced into their disastrous love affair with a medical model that has created so much harm.
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