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The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness is a landmark volume, which integrates the conceptual, empirical, and evidence-based threads of mental health as an area of study, research, and practice. It approaches mental health from two perspectives - firstly as a positive state of well-being and personal and social functioning and secondly as psychological difference or abnormality in its social context.

Social Aspects of Psychotropic Medication
Social aspects of psychotropic medication
DavidPilgrim
AnneRogers
JonathanGabe
Introduction

Drugs that affect mood, thinking and behaviour (‘psychotropic’ or ‘psychoactive’ substances) are peculiar for a number of reasons. They have been threaded through many social relationships, which lay beyond healing rituals. Whereas self-medication for a range of maladies has been evident ...

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