Drop the Disorder! Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis
ISBN 9781910919460 - Pre-order now for delivery in September
In October 2016 Jo Watson hosted the very first ‘A Disorder for Everyone!’ event in Birmingham, with psychologist Dr Lucy Johnstone, to explore (and explode) the culture of psychiatric diagnosis in mental health. To provide a space to continue the debate after the event, Jo also set up the now hugely popular and active Facebook group ‘Drop the Disorder!’.
Since then, they have delivered events in towns and cities across the UK, bringing together activists, survivors and professionals to debate psychiatric diagnosis. How and why does psychiatric diagnosis hold such power? What harm it can do? What are the alternatives to diagnosis, and how it can be positively challenged?
This book takes the themes, energy and passions of the AD4E events – bringing together many of the event speakers with others who have stories to tell and messages to share in the struggle to challenge diagnosis.
This is an essential book for everyone of us who looks beyond the labels.
Foreword - Paula J Caplan
Introduction - Jo Watson
Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis? Critiques and alternatives
Counselling, psychotherapy, diagnosis and the medicalisation of distress
Psychiatry: a dangerous raft in a sea of despair
The revolution will not be pathologised
Problems in living: an existential perspective
Emmy van Deurzen
Deceived: how Big Pharma persuades us to swallow its drugs
The language of values; the value of language
‘Schizophrenia’ – the least scientific and most damaging of psychiatric labels
John Read and Lorenza Magliano
Resistance, rebellion, resilience and recovery
Why words can harm your mental health
Offensive pathways: the ‘personality disorder’ construct and the over-responsibilisation of incarcerated women
Working therapeutically with clients with a psychiatric diagnosis
Towards a trauma-informed approach with people who have experienced sexual violence
Lisa Thompson and Becky Willetts
Disability, depression and the language of disorder
Finding my tribe: a survivor’s story
From chemical imbalance to power imbalance: a manifesto for mental health
A tale of two tutors: challenging the narrative of diagnosis and disorder in counselling training
Jenny Taper and Jamie-Lee Tipping
Violence under the guise of care: whiteness, colonialism and psychiatric diagnoses
Names matter, language matters, truth matters
There’s an intruder in our house! Counselling, psychotherapy and the biomedical model of emotional distress