`Fast becoming a contemporary classic... this book tries both to be critical and engender critical thinking in a number of ways. It offers an overview of a number of theories that address human distress as well as particular forms of "pathology". This book effectively highlights the way that western society has taken "normal"; and "abnormal" emotional states to be factual entities rather than the constructed understandings of human phenomena that they are.... should be on the reading list of every course//module that attends to human distress' - Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis This practical and accessible critique of the institutions, practices and presuppositions that underlie the st
Chapter 7: Radical Mental Health
Radical Mental Health
This chapter covers the development of alternative mental health movements. This follows our deconstruction of traditional discourse so far, and our commitment to transforming current clinical work by prioritizing areas previously silenced in psychiatric practice. In the previous chapter we argued that our object of analysis should be ‘psychotic discourse’ since, rather than lying within the individual, ‘psychosis’ should be located in discursive practices. Here we will give the argument a further deconstructive twist, and consider ‘psychosis’ as a property of the (unequally shared) collective discourses of psychopathology. If this sounds strangely unfamiliar or at least distinctly uncomfortable, then our deconstruction is a practical one. It may be unfamiliar to you because you are fairly new to psychiatric terminology and ...