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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-have' if you provide use or mental health services, 13 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice (Paperback)
This is a revised second-edition, and has a significant amount of new and updated material - enough to make it worth reading, even if you've read the original book. Unusually for a psychiatric text book, the author, has included plenty about the survivor movement, and about women's issues within psychiatry. It is well-written and jargon-free, and the style is more accessible to more readers than the first edition. It will appeal and possibly be challenging to anyone who has an interest in mental health issues, whether you are on the receiving or providing end of services, or if you are a campaigner or relative of someone who uses mental health services. The author has used extensive sources for her research, including her own. She has years of experience in mental health as an NHS Clinical Psychologist, and now lectures in related topics at the University of the West of England. The book covers a host of issues including the history of psychiatry and its influence, and it questions the status-quo and perceived wisdom of the medical model of looking at mental distress. Many treatments are covered in detail, with a refreshing look at contraversial treatments such as electric shock treatment and psychiatric drugs. Lucy persuasively dispells some of the common myths surrounding "the mentally ill" using both common sense and academic reasoning, and scientific study. As a result, the book makes fascinating reading, and throughout, the sincerity and compassion of the author towards those abused by psychiatry comes through. The author clearly and succinctly sets out common arguments used by psychiatry to justify its own position. However, for those with a vested interest in mainting the psychiatric system as it is, it will be thought-provoking and probably worrying!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, 15 Sep 2010
This review is from: Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice (Paperback)
I have bought this book as recommended pre-reading material for the new Open University course on mental health. It has challenged and changed my views of psychiatry and the treatment of mental health. It's thorough, well researched and argued, and accessible. I particularly like the stories of typical service users which help explain and support her arguments.

I expect it will help with my course, if it does I will add that to a review after finishing the course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful and challenging read, 23 Mar 2013
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This book highlights the divide between professionals who think all mental illness is a disease like 'flu and can be treated with chemicals, and the other professionals who think much mental illness can be treated by therapy. In the background you have the pressure of pharmaceutical giants pressing for sales and promoting their wares.

If you want to be informed, or maybe you or a loved one are being treated with drugs. This may give you helpful insight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book, 5 Dec 2012
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this book arrived in scheduled time, in new condition. quite price but for this book it is worth to pay as Lucy Johnston presents good point on authentic exemplars. I strongly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, 29 Aug 2013
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Excellent course material for those interested in Psychology or health and social care studies. Helped me with research for a university course.
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11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And they said anti psychiatry was dead., 26 April 2003
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This is both an unraveling of the medical model of mental illness and an explnation of psycho social aproaches.
Takes over where RD left things!!
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