A Straight-Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis

Psychiatric diagnosis has become one of the most contested practices in mental health services today. Lucy Johnstone asks ‘Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis?’ This book will help you to decide.

A revolution is underway in mental health. If the authors of the diagnostic manuals are admitting that psychiatric diagnoses are not supported by evidence, then no one should be forced to accept them. If many mental health workers are openly questioning diagnosis and saying we need a different and better system, then service users and carers should be allowed to do so too. This book is about choice. It is about giving people the information to make up their own minds, and exploring alternatives for those who wish to do so.

Its contents include:

1. What this book aims to do
2. Psychiatric diagnosis: The current context
3. What are the problems with psychiatric diagnosis?
4. For and against psychiatric diagnosis in more detail
5. The wider impact of psychiatric diagnosis
6. The personal impact of psychiatric diagnosis
7. An alternative to psychiatric diagnosis – Finding your own story
8. Personal stories
9. Next steps in developing a personal story

You can find out more from here.

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