Contributors include Peter Beresford, Mary Boyle, John Cromby, Jacqui Dillon, Dave Harper, Eleanor Longden, Midlands Psychology group, Joanna Moncrieff, David Pilgrim, Phil Thomas and Jan Wallcraft.
This book contests how both society and Mental Health Services conceptualise and respond to madness. Despite sustained criticisms from academia, survivor groups and practitioners, the bio-genetic model of madness prevails and therefore shapes our very notions of what madness is, who the mad are and how to respond. This dominant yet narrow view, at the heart of the psychiatric system, is misinformed and misleading as well as fraught with tensions between the provision of care and the function of social control. How and why does this system continue? What can be done to change it?
Encompassing both academic analysis and practical application, Madness Contested brings together nurses, service-users, psychiatrists, psychologists, practitioners, and academics who promote alternative ways to understand and approach madness. Their contributions debate questions such as: What are the processes and forms of power involved in the current system? What interests are at play in maintaining dominant theories and practices? What are the alternative conceptualizations of madness? Can practice incorporate openness, modesty and a desire for equality? The perspectives are broad yet complimentary.
Of interest to all those interested in critical debates and alternative models of madness and mental health care, including: academics, practitioners, service users, survivors, carers, students.
Steven Coles, Sarah Keenan and Bob Diamond
Part One: Questioning the Domination of Madness
Chapter 1: Persistence of Medicalisation: Is the presentation of alternatives part of the problem? Mary Boyle
Chapter 2: Paranoia: Contested and contextualised. John Cromby and Dave Harper
Chapter 3: Meaning, Madness and Marginalisation. Steven Coles
Chapter 4: From Constructive Engagement to Coerced Recovery. Alastair Morgan and Anne Felton
Chapter 5: Mental Disorder and the Socioethical Challenge of Reasonableness. David Pilgrim and Floris Tomasini
Chapter 6: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Mental Disorder. Joan Busfield
Chapter 7: Clinical Psychology in Psychiatric Services: The magician’s assistant? Steven Coles, Bob Diamond and Sarah Keenan
Chapter 8: Manifesto for a Social Materialist Psychology of Distress. Midlands Psychology Group
Chapter 9: Soteria: Context, practice and philosophy. Philip Thomas
Part Two: Exploring the Liberation of Madness
Chapter 10: Recovery, Discovery and Revolution: The work of intervoice and the hearing voices movement. Eleanor Longden, Dirk Corstens and Jacqui Dillon
Chapter 11: Experiential Knowledge and the Reconception of Madness. Peter Beresford
Chapter 12: Service User Led Research on Psychosis: Marginalisation and the struggle for progression. Jan Wallcraft
Chapter 13: The Patient’s Dilemma: An analysis of user’s experiences of taking neuroleptic drugs. Joanna Moncrieff, David Cohen and John Mason
Chapter 14: Speaking Out Against the Apartheid Approach to our Minds. Rufus May, Rebecca Smith, Sophie Ashton, Ivan Fontaine, Chris Rushworth and Pete Bull
Chapter 15: Toxic Mental Environments and other Psychology in the Real World Groups. Guy Holmes
Chapter 16: Readdressing the Balance of power: Psychiatric medication in Nottingham. Nottingham Mind Medication Group
Chapter 17: Ordinary and Extraordinary People: Acting to make a difference. Leicester Living with Psychiatric Medication Group
Chapter 18: Peer Support. Becky Shaw
Chapter 19: A Critical Journey from Involvement to Emancipation: A narrative account. Theo Stickley
Chapter 20: Rebuilding the House of Mental Health services with Home Truths. Bob Diamond
Chapter 21: A Beacon of Hope: Alternative approaches to crisis. Fiona Venner and Michele Noad
The book is a remarkable piece of work. It covers just about every contentious concept in the present ‘mental illness’ debate, and brings to bear an abundance of new insights and up-to-date research findings. Phil Hickey, Ph.D, behaviourismandmentalhealth.com blog
This impressive volume not only comprehensively critiques the simplistic, pessimistic medical model that dominates the mental health world, but provides an array of exciting exceptions and alternatives. A must read for all interested in creating more effective, humane, evidence-based approaches to madness. Professor John Read, University of Auckland
I must confess that when I first started reading this book, given that I am very familiar with the critical literature (and there is plenty of it about), I found myself wondering what is there to say that hasn’t already been said, particularly as practitioners like myself have grown tired of the lack of impact critical thinking has had on mainstream mental health service delivery in this country. Well I was to be pleasantly surprised. Most chapters offered some new insights, practical ideas, or examples of already existing projects that offers new hope to those of us who are desperate to see radically reformed mental health services. It seems that combinations of critical thinkers working alongside active current and ex-service users can make a difference, not just on paper, but in the real world of mental health care. Sami Timimi, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of postgraduate education in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire
… a timely and inspiring collection of ideas and summaries of actions from people who share concerns, questions and discontent about dominant views and practices in the way we understand and respond to madness … The style of the book is consistent with the writers' values and philosophy in that it is based upon co-construction of ideas and practices from a diverse group of people and privileges accounts from people with relevant lived experience. Having said that, there is also a recognition that this, in fact, applies to us all There is really no 'them and us' in mental health but rather 'we all act in crazy ways and we all fail to hear each other properly' (May et al, p. 246). Gillian Bowden, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust; DCP Adult Service Area Lead; Clinical Psychology Forum, August 2013
It was impossible for me to read this new collection dispassionately and I will not be the only one. I found myself in turn punching the air and nervously chewing my fingernails. I loved it. If you are looking for a gentle introduction to the politics of psychiatry, with diplomatic suggestions for conservative change, then this book is not for you. Jonathan Gadsby, PhD candidate at Birmingham City University