Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice

This book has been written by clinical psychologist, Dr. Lucy Johnstone. The publishers say:

“Users and Abusers of Psychiatry is a radically different, critical account of the day-to-day practice of psychiatry. Using real-life examples and her own experience as a clinical psychologist, Lucy Johnstone argues that the traditional way of treating mental distress can often exacerbate people’s original difficulties, leaving them powerless and re-traumatised.

She draws on a range of evidence to present a very different understanding of psychiatric breakdown than that found in standard medical textbooks, and to suggest new ways forward.

The extended introduction to this Classic edition brings the book up to date by revisiting its themes and tracing the changes in mental health practice over the last three decades. The book’s accessibility and clarity have ensured that it remains a classic in a growing field, and it is as relevant today as when it was first published.

Users and Abusers of Psychiatry is a challenging but ultimately inspiring read for all who are involved in mental health – whether as professionals, students, service users, relatives or interested lay people.”

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction to the Classic Edition
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary
  • 1: The story of a depressed housewife
  • 2: The Rescue Game
  • 3: The sick role;
  • 4: The treatment barrier
  • 5: Women’s and men’s role problems and psychiatry
  • 6: The professionals and their training
  • 7: A brief history of psychiatry
  • 8: Physical treatments and the role of the drug industry
  • 9: Resistance in the system
  • 10: Psychiatry and wider society
  • 11: Pointers to the future

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