`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

Deconstructive Responses and Resources
Deconstructive responses and resources

This final chapter aims to do two things. First, we will anticipate some of the reactions to the arguments we have developed in this book. Critiques of psychiatric discourse and clinical practice always have to contend with a range of excuses and defences from those who collude with, or even actively employ, traditional notions of psychopathology. These range from tired, worn-out routines that wear down radicals in mental health to vituperative and exasperated attacks on anyone who dares to suggest that there may be anything wrong. We will be picking up some of the reactions to other critiques and trying to offer some suggestions that may be useful for those working in and against the mental health system. ...

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