By Bruce M.Z. Cohen

ISBN-10: 0230593968

ISBN-13: 9780230593961

ISBN-10: 134952297X

ISBN-13: 9781349522972

Following large learn within the united kingdom, Bruce Cohen permits psychological wellbeing and fitness clients to inform their very own tales (or 'narratives') of disease and restoration. Institutional and residential therapy care is roofed along debatable self-coping options reminiscent of drug-taking, spiritualism, replacement therapeutic, sleep and staring at tv.

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One has to ask if the rhetoric of community care ever included a premise of moving away from ‘traditional medical model-style psychiatry’ or if it was ever believed by policy makers that this was a strategic part of such social policy change. For as Prior (1993: 176) states, ‘the broad thrust of care in the community policies often appear to be driven by political rather than traditional psychiatric concerns’. Banton et al. (1985: 165) add that the community cannot be regarded as simply the antithesis of the oppressive and bureaucratic nature of the state and powerful interest groups – that is, the community is in some way inherently progressive.

The mind is reduced to the physical workings of our neuroreceptors. Over two centuries ago, this theory of mental illness was already causing the emerging profession sleepless nights, with John Haslam (1798) stating that ‘[t]he various and discordant opinions, which have prevailed in this department of knowledge, have led me to disentangle myself as quickly as possible from the perplexity of metaphysical mazes’ (cited in Critical Psychiatry Network 2000). As we have seen in the development of psychiatry there has been a need for the justification of the profession as a legitimate part of medicine.

The anti-psychiatry movement rejected the scientific base of psychiatry and embraced different kinds of human experience. Similar to the ideas of recent therapists such as Rose (1999), what was seen by psychiatry as evidence of ‘psychopathology’ could in fact be different – even higher – states of being. Thus, Cooper (1967: 93) commented that ‘psychotic experience may, with correct guidance, lead to a more advanced human state but only too often is converted by psychiatric interference into a state of arrest and stultification of the person’.

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