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Shunned: Discrimination against People with Mental Illness 1st Edition

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"Anyone treating people with psychiatric conditions should read this book to provide a greater understanding of the challenges those with mental illness face day after day."--Doody's


"An important contribution to the literature in an area of concern that is likely to receive increasing attention. If you are interested in discrimination or are building a library on key mental health issues, this book will be a very timely and valuable resource."--Open Mind


"This is an excellent text that should be part of required reading for all social and health care professionals. Shunned is overflowing with research, quotes and other material that make it an invaluable resource to have on the bookshelf."--British Journal of Social Work


"Shunned presents a detailed, well referenced account of the issues associated with discrimination against people with experience of mental illness."--Like Minds


"Shunned provides a comprehensive look at stigma, prejudice, and discrimination against persons with mental illnesses. It is well written and easy to read. The references, including Internet sites, are extensive. The many personal anecdotes add poignant reality to the documented research information. The book should be ready by anyone who is concerned about the status, conditions, and rights of persons with mental illnesses and particularly by policy and decision makers who have the opportunity to make changes in the many negative and discriminatory ways in which mentally ill persons are treated."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry


"Thornicroft has great skill in addressing the various manifestations of stigma...The reader is left hopeful about the future of stigma."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease


"My choice for the best resource on this subject [the issue of stigma and discrimination against people with mental disorders] is Shunned. This superb book is a labour of love arising out of the author's compassion for people with serious mental disorders. The author combines photographs, narratives of experiences of people with mental disorders, and analysis of the causes and strategies to combat stigma and discrimination in a remarkably frank and insightful book. Essential reading for anyone who wonders why the is still such little response to the unacceptably large unmet need for care for people with mental disorders."--Health and Policy Planning


"Anyone treating people with psychiatric conditions should read this book to provide a greater understanding of the challenges those with mental illness face day after day."--Doody's


"Chapters 1 through 6 stand as the best description of stigma and mental illness published to date. They provide a thorough overview of the consequences of stigma and discrimination for self-esteem, friendships, employment, housing, and civil rights, as well as reviewing how these attitudes are reflected by television and movies...a valuable resource for anyone interested in this issue."--Schizophrenia Research


"This is an excellent text that should be part of required reading for all social and health care professionals. Shunned is overflowing with research, quotes and other material that make it an invaluable resource to have on the bookshelf."--British Journal of Social Work


"Shunned presents a detailed, well referenced account of the issues associated with discrimination against people with experience of mental illness."--Like Minds


"Shunned provides a comprehensive look at stigma, prejudice, and discrimination against persons with mental illnesses. It is well written and easy to read. The references, including Internet sites, are extensive. The many personal anecdotes add poignant reality to the documented research information. The book should be ready by anyone who is concerned about the status, conditions, and rights of persons with mental illnesses and particularly by policy and decision makers who have the opportunity to make changes in the many negative and discriminatory ways in which mentally ill persons are treated."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry


"Thornicroft has great skill in addressing the various manifestations of stigma...The reader is left hopeful about the future of stigma."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease


"My choice for the best resource on this subject [the issue of stigma and discrimination against people with mental disorders] is Shunned. This superb book is a labour of love arising out of the author's compassion for people with serious mental disorders. The author combines photographs, narratives of experiences of people with mental disorders, and analysis of the causes and strategies to combat stigma and discrimination in a remarkably frank and insightful book. Essential reading for anyone who wonders why the is still such little response to the unacceptably large unmet need for care for people with mental disorders."--Health and Policy Planning


"...cogent and provocative analysis of the ways in which discrimination, prejudice and stigma affect the lives of people with mental illness. Thornicroft has written one of the most important books on the subject of stigma and discrimination to emerge in the last few years. It is to be recommended to all those involved in mental health care, practitioners, students, advocates and consumers alike, and all who have a social conscience that may be ready to turn to action."--Metapsychology Online


About the Author

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry, and Head of the multi-disciplinary Health Service Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist and is Director of Research and Development at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He chaired the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health in England. His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, the development of outcome scales, cost-effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments, and service user and consumer participation in mental health research. He is the author of 19 books and over 160 scientific papers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198570988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198570981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. James W. Wooldridge on June 1, 2007
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From the impact of the title to the graphic display of discrimination by the families pictured on the back cover, the reader is left in no doubt as to the content of this impressively researched and eminently readable book.

`The stigma and discrimination faced by those with mental illness is often worse than the condition itself.'

This is a phrase many are aware of but rarely has it been investigated in such a clear, concise and professional manner.

The author has drawn heavily upon real experiences by people across the world and has compared attitudes and behaviours that exist in differing environments and cultures.

It is these hard-won experiences by those at the receiving end that justify this book and in the first few chapters we are presented with overwhelming evidence that stigma and discrimination has a detrimental affect on virtually every aspect of life. It even adversely affects the reason for the discrimination in the first place, the individual's mental wellbeing.

No part of life is left unexplored for evidence of discrimination and somewhat unsurprisingly, it is found that it exists in many forms and on many levels. Even in the form of self-stigmatisation which can be a major barrier to recovery.

Although all forms of mental illness are discussed, schizophrenia is observed with particular interest as much of the available research surrounding discrimination and severe mental illness centres upon this diagnosis. The reader is left in no doubt that people with schizophrenia are vilified by society to such an extent that it borders upon shameful.
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