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Our Psychiatric Future

Paperback / softback By Nikolas Rose
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Our everyday lives are increasingly intertwined with psychiatry and discussions of mental health. Yet the dominant medical discipline of psychiatry remains surrounded by controversy. Is mental distress really an illness like any other, treatable by drugs? Can psychiatrists differentiate between mental disorders normal eccentricities, anxieties or even sadness? Should the power of psychiatrists be challenged by the knowledge of those with lived experience of mental ill health? In this penetrating analysis, Nikolas Rose critiques the powerful part that psychiatry has come to play in the lives of so many across the world. A series of chapters, each tackling an area of dispute head on, opens wide the terrain of debate addressing issues such as advances in brain science, the politics of Western psychiatry's spread across the globe, and recent evidence of social adversity's role in producing mental ill health. The answers we find to these pressing questions will shape the psychiatric futures that are being brought into existence. Ultimately, this book proposes a radically different future, no less evidence-based or rigorous, and indeed far more attuned to the realities of mental health, and argues that, as a branch of social medicine, another psychiatry is possible.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 248 pages Language: English
Dimension: 150 x 23 x 229mm ISBN10: 0745689124
Weight: 431g ISBN13: 9780745689128
Publication Date: 04 Oct 2018 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Nikolas Rose is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King's College London.

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‘Nikolas Rose brings a remarkable wealth of scholarship and experience to seriously difficult questions about mental health - and his inspiring answers suggest original and enlightening solutions. Rose's brilliant analyses provide stunning revelations about practical ways mental distress can be alleviated. Everyone with any stake in psychiatry and mental health should read this book.

’Emily Martin, New York University‘In another landmark volume, Rose presents the culmination of decades of critical questioning about the reach of psychiatry’s long arms into all our lives, whether we live with mental distress or not. His “Seven Hard Questions” are ones we need to keep asking.

’Sarah Carr, University of Birmingham“If you want a scholarly and thought-provoking critique of current psychiatry, then this is the book for you.”Tom Burns, Times Higher Education Supplement“Even-handed, meticulously researched, offering a wealth of historical detail explaining how psychiatry has got to where it is today.”The Psychologist


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