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This is Madness Too: Critical perspectives on mental health services

This is Madness Too: Critical perspectives on mental health services

Cailzie Dunn
Craig Newnes
Guy Holmes

ISBN 978 1 898059 37 0 (2001)

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This is Madness Too is the companion volume and follow-up to the best selling This is Madness. At a time of extraordinary energy and change in the world of mental health, This is Madness Too offers a compassionate and scholarly critique of the treatment of children, government policy, the use of anti-depressants and a host of other areas fundamental to mental health services. It brings together the views of service users and professionals in a passionate attempt to tell it how it is. Ultimately this is madness too.

Part One: The lunatics have taken over the asylum
Mental health policy: a suitable case for treatment Peter Beresford and Suzy Croft
Integrating critical psychiatry into psychiatric training Duncan Double
Policing happiness Mark Rapley

Part Two: Risk and dangerousness
What people need to know about the drug treatment of children Peter Breggin
The SSRI suicides David Healey
'I've never said 'no' to anything in my life': helping people with learning disabilities who experience psychological problems Biza Stenfert Kroese and Guy Holmes
Coming off neuroleptics Peter Lehmann

Part Three: Rights . . . and wrongs
Surviving social inclusion Peter Campbell
When 'No' means 'Yes': informed consent themes with children and teenagers Steve Baldwin
Controlled bodies, controlled eating: the treatment of eating disorders Vivien J Lewis and Sara Cureton
Relatives and carers Olive Bucknall and Guy Holmes

Part Four: An end to madness
Survivor research Vivien Lindow
This is therapy: a person-centred critique of the contemporary psychiatric system Pete Sanders and Keith Tudor
The future approach for community mental health Fran Silvestri and Susan Hallwright
Developing a survivor discourse to replace the 'psychopathology' of breakdown and crisis Jan Wallcraft and John Michaelson

'Another excellent book from this trio, following up This is Madness . . . Together the essays present the case for a root and branch overhaul of the mental heath system . . . Go buy it, wherever you stand on these issues. This is serious, evidence-based stuff, not simply polemic. It may change minds as well as fuel the efforts of the converted.' Catherine Jackson, Mental Health Today, September 2002

'This is a very useful book in the armoury against the medicalization of mental distress. Its particular strength is in the forceful and eloquent contributions by service-users and survivors who offer challenging accounts of the problems they and others have experienced . . . The book flags up the negative effects and potential damage of psychoactive drugs including the inappropriate prescribing of such drugs, particularly to children and people with learning disability. Throughout the chapters run repeated themes of realistic choice being made available to patients and the need to reduce discrimination from both professionals and the public. Powerful political action requires a more co-ordinated approach by service-users and survivors; this book rightly serves to aid that co-ordination.' Maggie McCormack, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Vol.2, No.3, 2002

Cailzie Dunn

This is Madness Too: Critical perspectives on mental health services

Cailzie Dunn is a clinical psychologist working for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust. She works with adults involved with the Community Mental Health Team in Shrewsbury.
She co-ran Alternatives to Psychiatry courses in Shropshire and was a co-editor of This is Madness: A critical look at psychiatry and the future of mental health services (PCCS Books) and This is Madness Too: Critical perspectives on mental health services (PCCS Books). She is particularly interested in helping people with the effects of complex trauma.

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Craig Newnes

This is Madness Too: Critical perspectives on mental health services

Craig Newnes is editor of The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (formerly Changes), and a commissioning editor and author for our Critical Psychology series. Prior to his retirement he was Director of Psychological Therapies for Shropshire. He has a life time commitment to the NHS and is an outspoken critic of the hypocrisy, self interest, confusion and downright lies which characterise so much of the practise of psychiatry and psychology. He believes that unhappiness is a form of heresy and most of the misery for which people seek help is only amenable to alleviation through changes in their material lives.

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Guy Holmes

This is Madness Too: Critical perspectives on mental health services

Guy Holmes worked in the NHS as a clinical psychologist in Shropshire. He published over 50 academic articles in areas as diverse as: the medicalisation of distress, psychiatric medication, patients' councils, service users' experiences of and views on mental health services, sexual abuse of males, community psychology, and various aspects of groupwork. His community-based groupwork was profiled on Radio 4’s All in the Mind — see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sv5bk. You can visit the Psychology in the Real World website at www.psychologyintherealworld.co.uk

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