Madness Explained

Psychosis and Human Nature
Author: Richard P Bentall
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141909323
Category: Psychology
Page: 656
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Today most of us accept the consensus that madness is a medical condition: an illness, which can be identified, classified and treated with drugs like any other. In this ground breaking and controversial work Richard Bentall shatters the myths that surround madness. He shows there is no reassuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologically, as part of normal behaviour andhuman nature. Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. Could it be that it is a fear of madness, rather than the madness itself, that is our problem?

Der Sinn des Wahnsinns - Psychische Störungen verstehen


Author: Neel Burton
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3827427746
Category: Psychology
Page: 238
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Was es heißt, verrückt zu sein Die Zahl psychischer Erkrankungen nimmt vor allem in den Industrieländern stetig zu. Auch in Deutschland leiden immer mehr Menschen etwa an Depressionen oder Angststörungen. Psychische Störungen können uns alle betreffen: Sie sind in der Mitte der Gesellschaft angekommen, auch wenn ihr Wesen und ihre Ursachen nach wie vor Rätsel aufgeben. Das Buch von Neel Burton beschreibt und erläutert die wichtigsten dieser Störungen und rückt sie zugleich in ein neues Licht: Könnte der „Wahnsinn“ einen tieferen Sinn für uns Menschen haben? Der Sinn des Wahnsinns will auch eine Debatte über psychische Störungen anstoßen. Das Buch soll das Interesse an der Thematik wecken und den Leser dazu anregen, über jene geheimnisvolle Seite der Seele nachzudenken. Fragen gibt es genug: Was ist beispielsweise Schizophrenie? Warum ist sie so verbreitet? Warum tritt sie nur bei Menschen auf und nicht bei Tieren? Was kann uns dies über Körper und Seele sagen, über Sprache und Kreativität, über Musik und Religion? Welche Behandlungsmöglichkeiten gibt es bei Depression? Wie können Menschen lernen, mit Angst umzugehen? Wo liegt die Grenze zwischen psychisch „krank“ und psychisch „normal“? Gibt es einen Zusammenhang zwischen psychischen Störungen und Genialität? Und sind wir alle ein wenig „verrückt“? Einfühlsam und mit zahlreichen Bezügen zu Literatur, Kunst und Philosophie widmet sich Burton den Grundelementen der Persönlichkeit, der Schizophrenie und dem „Preis des Menschseins“, der Depression und dem „Fluch des Starken“, der manisch-depressiven Erkrankung, der Angst und ihrem Zusammenhang mit Freiheit und Tod sowie dem Suizid. Dabei geht er der Frage nach, was uns psychische Störungen über das Wesen des Menschen und über die Bedingungen des menschlichen Daseins verraten können. „Eine fesselnde Lektüre für alle, die einmal einen Blick in die Welt der psychischen Störungen werfen wollen.“ Professor Robert Howard, Vorsitzender des Royal College of Psychiatrists in London

Doctoring the Mind

Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?
Author: Richard P. Bentall
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814787236
Category: Psychology
Page: 388
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Toward the end of the twentieth century, the solution to mental illness seemed to be found. It lay in biological solutions, focusing on mental illness as a problem of the brain, to be managed or improved through drugs. We entered the "Prozac Age" and believed we had moved far beyond the time of frontal lobotomies to an age of good and successful mental healthcare. Biological psychiatry had triumphed. Except maybe it hadn’t. Starting with surprising evidence from the World Health Organization that suggests that people recover better from mental illness in a developing country than in the first world, Doctoring the Mind asks the question: how good are our mental healthcare services, really? Richard P. Bentall picks apart the science that underlies our current psychiatric practice. He puts the patient back at the heart of treatment for mental illness, making the case that a good relationship between patients and their doctors is the most important indicator of whether someone will recover. Arguing passionately for a future of mental health treatment that focuses as much on patients as individuals as on the brain itself, this is a book set to redefine our understanding of the treatment of madness in the twenty-first century.

Glück ist das Ziel, Philosophie der Weg


Author: André Comte-Sponville
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257601352
Category: Philosophy
Page: 192
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Zwölf philosophische Betrachtungen zu den ewigen Themen der Menschheit: über Liebe, Tod, Erkenntnis, Freiheit, Gott, Atheismus, Moral, Politik, Kunst, Zeit, Menschsein und Weisheit.

Der Panama-Hut

oder Was einen guten Therapeuten ausmacht
Author: Irvin D. Yalom
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641119766
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Schlüsselmomente der Psychoanalyse - humorvoll und lehrreich in Szene gesetzt Wie sieht es aus, das richtige Verhältnis zwischen Therapeut und Klient? Welche Abgründe gilt es zu verbergen, welche offen zu legen? Was ist von Patiententräumen zu halten, in denen der Therapeut eine entscheidende Rolle spielt? Irvin D. Yalom, Amerikas angesehenster und wortgewaltigster Psychotherapeut, zieht die Bilanz seines über fünfzigjährigen Berufslebens und beschert seinen Lesern ungewohnte Einblicke in das Leben eines Therapeuten - ein lehrreiches und mit zahlreichen Anekdoten gewürztes Lesevergnügen.

Die systemtheoretisch-psychologische Therapie zur Behandlung von Wahn und Halluzinationen


Author: Manfred W. Kornberger
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658177349
Category: Psychology
Page: 149
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Manfred W. Kornberger entwirft auf Basis empirischer Befunde ein komplexes Störungsmodell von Wahn und Halluzinationen, wie sie im Rahmen von Psychosen aus dem schizophrenen Formenkreis häufig auftreten. Die daraus abgeleiteten Interventionen stellen in Form der systemtheoretisch-psychologischen Therapie (SPT) eine innovative Behandlungsform dar, die im Detail beschrieben wird.

Feuer im Kopf

Meine Zeit des Wahnsinns
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag
ISBN: 3864155029
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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Susannah Cahalan ist jung, attraktiv, frisch verliebt, eine aufstrebende Journalistin – und gerät über Nacht in den schlimmsten Albtraum ihres Lebens. Innerhalb kürzester Zeit erkrankt sie schwer, leidet an Wahnvorstellungen und wird binnen weniger Wochen zum Schwerstpflegefall in der Psychiatrie. Vollgepumpt mit Medikamenten wird sie ans Bett gefesselt und vegetiert vor sich hin – dem Tod näher als dem Leben. Doch ihre Familie gibt nicht auf bis endlich der renommierte Neurologe Souhel Najjar hinzugezogen wird. Er findet heraus, dass Susannah an einer erst vor kurzem entdeckten Autoimmunerkrankung leidet, in deren Verlauf der Körper das eigene Gehirn angreift und Symptome wie Schizophrenie, Autismus und Wahnvorstellungen erzeugt. Einmal richtig diagnostiziert, sorgen die geeigneten Medikamente rasch und dauerhaft für Genesung und Susannah gewinnt ihr Leben zurück. Ihre Schilderung des Leidensweges ist eine bewegende und aufregende Geschichte über Familie, Liebe, Hoffnung und darüber, wie sich ein perfektes Leben innerhalb kürzester Zeit in eine Katastrophe verwandeln kann. Ein fesselndes Buch, das man nicht aus der Hand legen kann, bis die letzte Seite verschlungen ist.

Models of Madness

Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia
Author: John Read,Richard Bentall,Loren Mosher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135445079
Category: Psychology
Page: 400
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Models of Madness shows that hallucinations and delusions are understandable reactions to life events and circumstances rather than symptoms of a supposed genetic predisposition or biological disturbance. International contributors: * critique the 'medical model' of madness * examine the dominance of the 'illness' approach to understanding madness from historical and economic perspectives * document the role of drug companies * outline the alternative to drug based solutions * identify the urgency and possibility of prevention of madness. Models of Madness promotes a more humane and effective response to treating severely distressed people that will prove essential reading for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists and of great interest to all those who work in the mental health service. This book forms part of the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Psychoses series edited by Brian Martindale.

An Introduction to Self-help for Distressing Voices


Author: Cassie Hazell,Mark Hayward,Clara Strauss,David Kingdon
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472140338
Category: Self-Help
Page: 160
View: 1984

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An invaluable guide to dealing with distressing voices from leading experts Hearing voices can be highly distressing and impact our health, well-being and day-to-day lives. This self-help guide explains what voices are, what causes them and how to cope with this distressing experience.. Using clinically proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, this book will help you to recognise the link between your thoughts, beliefs and relationships, and the distressing voices you hear. This book will help you to: · Understand the voices and cope with them more effectively · Explore and re-evaluate beliefs that you hold about yourself and the voices · Develop some assertiveness skills · Set personal goals for the future

The Equality Act 2010 in Mental Health

A Guide to Implementation and Issues for Practice
Author: Hári Sewell
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849052840
Category: Psychology
Page: 300
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The Equality Act 2010 in Mental Health provides a critical guide to the Act: what it means for mental health services and how it should be implemented. It addresses each of the nine characteristics protected by the Act in turn, examining the research and practice issue associated with each and offering positive guidance. Contributors also highlight the broader issues associated with achieving equality in mental health, including conflicts between different forms of discrimination, the impact of budget cuts and the issue of inequality in wider society and how it relates to the mental health services. Finally, the book tackles organisational change and the implications for management practice, organisational structures and staff training. This book will be a valuable resource for those involved in providing mental health services, including managers and frontline workers across health and social care.

Symbiose und Autonomie

Symbiosetrauma und Liebe jenseits von Verstrickungen
Author: Franz Ruppert
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608104046
Category: Psychology
Page: 287
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Frühkindliche Symbiose-Autonomie-Konflikte sind Franz Ruppert zufolge Ursache für viele seelische Verstrickungen. Das Buch zeigt an zahlreichen Beispielen aus der Praxis, wie diese Symbiosetraumata erkannt und - mit einer neu entwickelten Form der Aufstellungsmethode - erfolgreich behandelt werden können. Sowohl der Wunsch nach Nähe als auch der Wunsch nach Abgrenzung begleitet Menschen durch das ganze Leben. Nicht selten jedoch werden die vitalen symbiotischen Bedürfnisse in der frühesten Kindheit von den Eltern nicht befriedigt. Die Bindung an die Mutter kann dann zu einem Symbiosetrauma für das Kind werden. In den seelischen Verstrickungen, die sich daraus ergeben, sieht Franz Ruppert die Quelle für die meisten Beziehungsprobleme, die Neigung zu Suchtverhalten, zu Ängsten, Depressionen und sogar zu Schizophrenien. An zahlreichen Beispielen aus der Praxis zeigt er, wie Symbiosetraumata erkannt und behandelt werden können. Seine neu entwickelte Form, mit der Aufstellungsmethode zu arbeiten, hat sich hier als besonders erfolgreich erwiesen. Zielgruppe: - PsychotherapeutInnen aller »Schulen« - TraumatherapeutInnen - Betroffene

Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Mental Health Practitioners


Author: Alec Grant
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1844457788
Category: Psychology
Page: 136
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In line with current government policy and related recommendations, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, mental health students will be increasingly required to either engage in, or be appropriately familiar with, the principles of cognitive behavioural interventions. This book guides the reader through the fundamental principles of the approach in its various mental health application contexts, enabling them to gain the confidence to engage in the supervised, safe and evidence-based application of these principles. It will be a useful guide for mental health students who are experiencing their 'novice' exposure to practice situations during their diploma or degree course.

Henry's Demons

Living with Schizophrenia, a Father and Son’s Story
Author: Patrick Cockburn,Henry Cockburn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1847377114
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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On a cold February day two months after his 20th birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton and tried to swim across, almost drowning in the process. The trees, he said, had told him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world, in Kabul, Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned that Henry, his son, had been admitted to a hospital mental ward and appeared to be suffering a mental breakdown. Ten days later, Henry was officially diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Thus begins Patrick and Henry's extraordinary account of Henry's steep descent into mental illness and of Patrick's journey towards understanding the changes it has wrought. With remarkable candour, Patrick writes of the seven years since, years Henry has spent almost entirely in mental hospitals. Schizophrenics are at high risk for suicide, and Patrick and his wife live in constant fear for Henry's life. Patrick also provides a fascinating glimpse into the conflicted history of schizophrenia's diagnosis and treatment and shows how little we still know about this debilitating condition. The book also includes Henry's own account of his experiences. In these raw and eerily beautiful chapters written from the hospital, he tells of the visions and voices that urge him on and of the sense that he has discovered something magical and profound. Together, Patrick's and Henry's stories create one of the most nuanced and revealing portraits of mental illness ever written, and a stirring memoir of family, parenthood, and the courage it takes to persevere and emerge, at last, whole.

Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology, Adult Disorders


Author: Michel Hersen,Peter Sturmey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118144759
Category: Psychology
Page: 768
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Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology, Volume 2 covers the evidence-based practices now identified for treating adults with a wide range of DSM disorders. Topics include fundamental issues, adult cognitive disorders, substance-related disorders, psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders, and sexual disorders. Each chapter provides a comprehensive review of the evidence-based practice literature for each disorder and then covers several different treatment types for clinical implementation. Edited by the renowned Peter Sturmey and Michel Hersen and featuring contributions from experts in the field, this reference is ideal for academics, researchers, and libraries.

In the Fellowship of His Suffering

A Theological Interpretation of Mental Illness—A Focus on “Schizophrenia”
Author: Elahe Hessamfar
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630874671
Category: Religion
Page: 390
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"Schizophrenia" is by many accounts the most devastating illness of our time. In this book, Elahe Hessamfar uses her personal encounter with her daughter's illness to bring the reader to experience the pain and anguish of those who suffer so intensely. She candidly discusses the gripping and dark realities her family has faced in the midst of this journey and exposes that the ride isn't easy, but it can be fruitful and purposeful, and it can be a journey of joy and peace if understood from the intended perspective. This is a fascinating and deeply theological portrayal of madness under the mighty hand of God. It challenges and awakens the reader to a heightened awareness about self, community, pain, brokenness, sin, grace, and redemption. This is the first truly biblically based, theological interpretation of madness in conversation with psychiatry and social sciences. Hessamfar passionately discusses the shortcomings of our current medical model of mental illness and directs the reader's attention to the mistreatment of those the medical community labels with "schizophrenia." She argues that not only is "schizophrenia" not pathological but it touches on the most fundamental fragilities of the human soul, and hence, it is a critical pastoral issue. Hessamfar offers tangible, inspiring, and life-changing solutions for those dealing with this most elusive and mysterious phenomenon--solutions that would bring hope and healing to the hopeless people chained in the abyss of madness.

The Disordered Mind

An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness
Author: George Graham
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135088845
Category: Philosophy
Page: 288
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The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness, second edition examines and explains, from a philosophical standpoint, what mental disorder is: its reality, causes, consequences, and more. It is also an outstanding introduction to philosophy of mind from the perspective of mental disorder. Revised and updated throughout, this second edition includes new discussions of grief and psychopathy, the problems of the psychophysical basis of disorder, the nature of selfhood, and clarification of the relation between rationality and mental disorder. Each chapter explores a central question or problem about mental disorder, including: what is mental disorder and can it be distinguished from neurological disorder? what roles should reference to psychological, cultural, and social factors play in the medical/scientific understanding of mental disorder? what makes mental disorders undesirable? Are they diseases? mental disorder and the mind–body problem is mental disorder a breakdown of rationality? What is a rational mind? addiction, responsibility and compulsion ethical dilemmas posed by mental disorder, including questions of dignity and self-respect. Each topic is clearly explained and placed in a clinical and philosophical context. Mental disorders discussed include clinical depression, dissociative identity disorder, anxiety, religious delusions, and paranoia. Several non-mental neurological disorders that possess psychological symptoms are also examined, including Alzheimer’s disease, Down’s syndrome, and Tourette’s syndrome. Containing chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, The Disordered Mind, second edition is a superb introduction to the philosophy of mental disorder for students of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and related mental health professions.

Reconceiving Schizophrenia


Author: Man Cheung Chung
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019852613X
Category: Medical
Page: 341
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Schizophrenia arguably is the most troubling, puzzling, and complex mental illness. No single discipline is equipped to understand it. Though schizophrenia has been investigated predominately from psychological, psychiatric and neurobiological perspectives, few attempts have been made to apply the tool kit of philosophy to schizophrenia, the mix of global analysis, conceptual insight, and argumentative clarity that is indicative of a philosophical perspective. This book is a major effort at redressing that imbalance. Recent developments in the area of philosophy known as the philosophy of psychiatry have made it clear that it is time for philosophy to contribute to our understanding of schizophrenia. The range of contributions is many and varied. Some contributors are professional philosophers; some not. Some contributions focus on matters of method and history. Others argue for dramatic reforms in our understanding of schizophrenia or its symptoms. The authors in this book are committed to the idea that philosophy can indeed help to understand schizophrenia in a way which is different from but complements traditional medical-clinical approaches. The book should appeal to every reader who wants to better understand a major mental illness, including its distinctive character, conscious content, and sources of puzzlement. Readers will find the essays gathered here afford stimulating insights into the human mind and its conditions of vulnerability.

What Doesn't Kill Us

A guide to overcoming adversity and moving forward
Author: Stephen Joseph
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748119116
Category: Self-Help
Page: 336
View: 1144

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Research has shown than anywhere from 30 to 90 per cent of people confronted by tragedy, horror and adversity emerge as wiser, more mature and more fulfilled people, sometimes despite great sadness. Relationships become stronger. Perspectives on life change. Inner strengths are found. For the past twenty years, Stephen Joseph has worked with survivors of trauma and sufferers of posttraumatic stress. In this groundbreaking book, he boldly challenges the notion that trauma and its aftermath devastate and destroy the lives. His studies have shown that a wide range of traumatic events - from illness, separation, assault and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters and terrorism - can act as catalysts for positive change, strengthening relationships, changing one's perspective and revealing inner strengths. In What Doesn't Kill Us, Stephen Joseph shares the six steps we can all use to manage our emotions and navigate adversity to find new meaning, purpose and direction in our lives.