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This is Madness: A Critical Look at Psychiatry and the Future of Mental Health Services Paperback – 31 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: PCCS Books (31 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189805925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898059257
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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This collection of critical essays on psychiatry is almost a who's who of the new anti-psychiatry movement. -- Jan Wallcraft, Openmind, 100, Nov/Dec 1999.

…especially useful to persons …developing psychosocial supports and services as an alternative to biomedical, coercive treatment and so-called care. -- Michael Mc Cubbin PhD, Ethical Human Sciences and Services, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2001

About the Author

Craig Newnes is editor of The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (formerly Changes), and a comissioning editor and author for the PCCS Books Critical Psychology series. Prior to his retirement he was Director of Psychological Therapies for Shropshire. He has a life time commitment to the NHS and is an outspoken critic of the hypocrisy, self interest, confusion and downright lies which characterise so much of the practise of psychiatry and psychology. He believes that unhappiness is a form of heresy and most of the misery for which people seek help is only amenable to alleviation through changes in their material lives. Guy Holmes works in the NHS as a clinical psychologist in Shropshire. He has published over 40 academic articles in areas as diverse as: the medicalisation of distress; psychiatric medication; patients' councils; service users' experiences of and views on mental health services; sexual abuse of males; community psychology; and various aspects of groupwork. Cailzie Dunn is also a clinical psychologist working in Shropshire (UK). She co-ran an Alternatives to Psychiatry course in Shropshire in 1997. She is particularly interested in talking to people about experiences they have had which have been elsewhere diagnosed as psychotic symptoms, with the aim of trying to find an explanation which is more meaningful and helpful to the person.Cailzie Dunn is a clinical psychologist working for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust. She works with adults involved with the Community Mental Health Team in Shrewsbury.She co-ran Alternatives to Psychiatry courses in Shropshire and was a co-editor of This is Madness: A critical look at psychiatry and the future of mental health services (PCCS Books) and This is Madness Too: Critical perspectives on mental health services (PCCS Books). She is particularly interested in helping people with the effects of complex trauma.

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