Thursday, May 05, 2005

Dr John Read "Models of Madness"

"Models of Madness" is a collation and summary of research by Dr John Read, Loren Mosher and Richard Bentall. It is well worth buying and reading. It is a unique and objective insight into the world of 'mental illness' and comes as a breath of fresh air gusting through the doctrinaire and sometimes seedy and self-serving world of psychiatry. I will also post the review to the book by the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

Models of Madness
Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia
Edited by
John Read
(Director, Clinical Psychology, Psychology Dept., The University of Auckland)
Loren Mosher
(Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego)
Richard Bentall
(Professor of Experimental Clinical Psychology, Manchester University)
Models of Madness summarises the research showing that hallucinations and delusions are understandable reactions to life events and circumstances rather than symptoms of a biologically-based illness or genetic predisposition.
23 international contributors, from a range of disciplines – and service users:
• critique the ‘medical model’ of madness
• examine the dominance of the ‘illness’ approach to understanding madness, from historical and economic perspectives
• document the adverse role of drug companies
• outline a range of research-based psychosocial treatment approaches
• identify the urgency and possibility of the prevention of psychosis
Models of Madness promotes a more humane and effective response to treating severely distressed people that will prove essential reading for all those who work in, use, manage or research mental health services.
Part I: The Illness Model of ‘Schizophrenia’.
‘Schizophrenia’ is Not an Illness - John Read, Loren Mosher, Richard Bentall.
A History of Madness - John Read. The Invention of ‘Schizophrenia’ - John Read.
Genetics, Eugenics and Mass Murder - John Read, Jeffrey Masson
Does ‘Schizophrenia’ Exist? Reliability and Validity - John Read.
Biological Psychiatry’s Lost Cause - John Read.
Schizophrenia and Heredity: Why the Emperor has No Genes - Jay Joseph,
Electroconvulsive Therapy - John Read.
Antipsychotic Medication: Myths And Facts - Colin Ross, John Read.
Drug Companies and Schizophrenia: Unbridled Capitalism Meets Madness - Loren Mosher, Richard Gosden, Sharon Beder.
Part II: Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Madness.
Public Opinion: Bad Things Happen and can Drive You Crazy - John Read, Nick Haslam.
Listening to the Voices We Hear: Clients’ Understandings of Psychosis - Jim Geekie.
Poverty, Ethnicity and Gender - John Read. Abandoning the Concept of Schizophrenia: The Cognitive Psychology of Hallucinations and Delusions - Richard Bentall.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: Its History and Development - Anne-Louise Silver, Brian Koehler, Bertram Karon. Childhood Trauma, Loss and Stress - John Read, Lisa Goodman, Tony Morrison, Colin Ross, Volkmar Aderhold. Unhappy Families - John Read, Fred Seymour, Loren Mosher.
Part III: Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions.
Preventing ‘Schizophrenia’: Creating the Conditions for Saner Societies - Emma Davies, Jim Burdett. User-Run Services - Judi Chamberlin. Cognitive Therapy for People with Psychosis - Anthony Morrison. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia: Empirical Support - William Gottdiener.
The Development of Early Intervention Services - Jan Olav Johannessen.
Family Therapy and Schizophrenia: Replacing Ideology with Openness - Volkmar Aderhold, Evelin Gottwalz. Non-Hospital, Non-Drug Intervention with First Episode Psychosis - Loren Mosher.

from: University of Melbourne Bookshop or email jenny.mchendrie@macmillan.com.au

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