psychosocial factors

A proposal to introduce formal recording of psychosocial adversities associated with mental health using ICD-10 codes

This article by Kate Allsop and Peter Kinderman has been published in The Lancet. It begins: “It is well known that poverty and social inequity are major determinants of our mental health, 1  and the United Nations Special Rapporteur 2  characterises mental health…
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Is It Time to Reconsider the ‘Disease Model’ of Mental Health?

“A prominent U.K. psychologist believes we should change the way we talk about depression, anxiety, and other forms of psychological distress” This article has been written by Markham Heid and published on the Elemental website. It begins: “In2013, the British Psychological…
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A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

This book has been written by Prof. Peter Kinderman. The publishers say that it: “… lays bare the flaws and failings of traditional mental health care and offers a radical alternative. Exposing the old-fashioned biological ‘disease model’ of psychiatry as unscientific…
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Models of Mental Health (Foundations of Mental Health Practice)

This book has been co-authored by Gavin Davidson, Jim Campbell, Ciaran Shannon and Ciaran Mulholland. The publishers say: “This key text book presents a critical overview of the main theoretical perspectives relevant to mental health practice and argues that no one…
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Guidelines on Language in Relation to Functional Psychiatric Diagnosis

The “Beyond Functional Psychiatric Diagnosis Committee” – from the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP), which is part of the British Psychological Society – have published guidelines giving alternatives to standard medical diagnostic language. For example: Not “mental illness”, but instead…
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