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This is Madness Too

by C Newnes, G Holmes and C Dunn (eds) PCCS Books
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A companion volume to the best selling 'This is Madness'. At a time when there is an extraordinary energy for 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 anit-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 as it is.

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.
Craig Newnes is editor of The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (formerly Changes), and a comissioning editor and author for the PCCS Books 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. Guy Holmes works in the NHS as a clinical psychologist in Shropshire. He has published over 40 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. Cailzie Dunn is also a clinical psychologist working in Shropshire (UK). She co-ran an Alternatives to Psychiatry course in Shropshire in 1997. She is particularly interested in talking to people about experiences they have had which have been elsewhere diagnosed as psychotic symptoms, with the aim of trying to find an explanation which is more meaningful and helpful to the person.