Classifying Madness

Classifying Madness Author Rachel Cooper
ISBN-10 9781402033452
Release 2006-03-30
Pages 178
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This book is about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly known as the D.S.M. The D.S.M. is published by the American Psychiatric Association and aims to list and describe all mental disorders. Within its pages can be found diagnostic criteria for types of depression, types of schizophrenia, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, phobias, sleeping disorders, and so on. Also included are less familiar, and more controversial, conditions: Mathematics Disorder, Caffeine Intoxication, Nicotine Dependence, Nightmare Disorder. It must be admitted that the D.S.M. is not an exciting read. Its pages follow a standard format: Each disorder has a numerical code. This is followed by a description of the disorder, which includes information regarding prevalence, course, and differential diagnosis. Finally explicit criteria that patients must meet to receive the diagnosis are listed. These generally include lists of the symptoms that must be present, restrictions as to the length of time that the symptoms must have been troublesome, and clauses that state that the symptoms must not be better accounted for by some other condition.


BUCHNER AND MADNESS Author James Crighton
ISBN-10 0773413529
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 318
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Dramatist Georg Buchner was a qualified medical doctor, primarily a neurologist, fascinated by psychiatry, then in its infancy. This study evaluates Buchner's portrayal of insanity in relation to the medical opinion of his time, and to contemporaneous literary treatments of the same subject in German. It provides a wide range of documentary evidence unfamiliar to literary scholars to reveal the full originality and accuracy of Buchner's insights.

The DSM 5 in Perspective

The DSM 5 in Perspective Author Steeves Demazeux
ISBN-10 9789401797658
Release 2015-02-28
Pages 238
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Since its third edition in 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association has acquired a hegemonic role in the health care professions and has had a broad impact on the lay public. The publication in May 2013 of its fifth edition, the DSM-5, marked the latest milestone in the history of the DSM and of American psychiatry. In The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, experts in the philosophy of psychiatry propose original essays that explore the main issues related to the DSM-5, such as the still weak validity and reliability of the classification, the scientific status of its revision process, the several cultural, gender and sexist biases that are apparent in the criteria, the comorbidity issue and the categorical vs. dimensional debate. For several decades the DSM has been nicknamed “The Psychiatric Bible.” This volume would like to suggest another biblical metaphor: the Tower of Babel. Altogether, the essays in this volume describe the DSM as an imperfect and unachievable monument – a monument that was originally built to celebrate the new unity of clinical psychiatric discourse, but that ended up creating, as a result of its hubris, ever more profound practical divisions and theoretical difficulties.

Serial Killers

Serial Killers Author Peter Vronsky
ISBN-10 1101204621
Release 2004-10-05
Pages 432
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A comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers. In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome through fifteenth-century France on to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the “serial rampage killer” such as Andrew Cunanan. Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer but also makes concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one—from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky’s one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Author Rachel Cooper
ISBN-10 9781781813027
Release 2014-05-13
Pages 96
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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly known as the DSM, is published by the American Psychiatric Association and aims to list and describe all mental disorders. The publication of DSM-V in 2013 brought many changes. Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is written for all those who wonder whether the DSM-V now classifies the right people in the right way. It is aimed at patients, mental health professionals, and academics with an interest in mental health. Issues addressed include: * What are the main changes that have been made to the classification? * How is the DSM affected by financial links with the pharmaceutical industry? * To what extent were patients involved in revising the classification? * How are diagnoses added to the DSM? * Does medicalisation threaten the idea that anyone is normal? * What happens when changes to diagnostic criteria mean that people lose their diagnoses? * How important will the DSM be in the future?

Being Human

Being Human Author Alastair Morgan
ISBN-10 1906254060
Release 2008
Pages 213
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Attempts to shed fresh light on the intersections between mental health, mental distress and society. This work provides a statement of the importance of thinking through the humanities for any non-reductive understanding of the meaning of mental distress, and gives insights on a range of problems.

Divine Madness

Divine Madness Author Lars Elleström
ISBN-10 0838754910
Release 2002
Pages 307
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This book provides a theory that enables the concept of irony to be transferred from the literary to the visual and aural domains. Topics include the historical roots of the concept of irony as modes of oral and literary expression, and how irony relates to spatiality.

Methods Sex and Madness

Methods  Sex  and Madness Author Julia O'Connell Davidson
ISBN-10 0415097649
Release 1994
Pages 240
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"Medical and social researchers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries both reproduced and helped to construct a vision of 'normal' sexuality. This research provides a clear example of the links between everyday life and scientific thinking and those between social research and social power. Taking this as a starting point, the book then looks at the research community and the research process in more detail before moving on to examine the main techniques used in social research: the use of official statistics, the survey method, interviewing, laboratory observation, ethnography, the use of documentary sources and textual analysis. By exploring both technical and conceptual problems in the work of researchers like Freud and Kinsey, and by considering the difficulties faced by researchers concerned with phenomena such as rape, witch hunts and prostitution, this book makes methodological issues both interesting and accessible."--BOOK JACKET.

Myths Madness and the Family

Myths  Madness and the Family Author David W. Jones
ISBN-10 9781403914026
Release 2001-11-13
Pages 216
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"David Jones has written a compelling book about the complex issues entailed in being family members of sufferers from mental illness. The book provides us with a critical appraisal of the sociological and psychological conceptual layers and the policy context necessary for understanding these issues, all too often missing in other books written about this subject... Through in-depth interviews of forty carers, coached in a way which enables the carers to talk in their own voice, we get the rare opportunity of understanding the world of these carers...In letting the carers speak Jones is enabling all of us to listen to them with the respect they deserve... All of us - but especially mental health professionals, policy makers and researchers - need to learn from the methodology utilised in this study, and the content of the rich experiential seam Jones exposes, as to how to listen better to carers, and on which themes to focus in our working partnership with users and carers." - Professor Shulamit Ramon, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge This book fills a gap in our knowledge about the experiences of families of people suffering from severe mental illness. Original research material is used to support claims that families are struggling with complex feelings such as loss, anger and shame. It is also argued that the ideas families themselves hold about mental illness form an important part of the cultural world in which mental illnesses are understood. This stimulating book challenges many conventional assumptions about family relationships by arguing that they have to be understood in terms of 'myths' that bring a certain amount of order to complex areas of emotional life. The author argues that families if properly understood, can provide significant support for people with severe mental illness.

The Man with the Electrified Brain Adventures in Madness

The Man with the Electrified Brain  Adventures in Madness Author Simon Winchester
ISBN-10 9781614520832
Release 2013-08-06
Pages 32
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ÒA GRIPPING DESCRIPTION OF A JOURNEY TO HELL AND BACK, ONE THAT WILL TAKE ITS PLACE BESIDE WILLIAM STYRONÕS ÔDARKNESS VISIBLEÕ AND KAY REDFIELD JAMISONÕS ÔAN UNQUIET MIND.ÕÓ ÑOLIVER SACKS Ê ÒI glanced at myself in a mirror and, though unshaven, and my hair still morning-tousled, I appeared to be just the same. It was inside, inside my head, where all had become so wretchedly different. I had the night before been incontrovertibly a man of stable mood, of calm, of good cheer and unforced bonhomie. Now I had become changed, with dreadful suddenness, into another being altogether.Ó Simon Winchester has never shied away from big, even enormous, topicsÑas evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular ÒThe Professor and the Madman,Ó about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. In his Byliner Original ÒThe Man with the Electrified Brain,Ó he takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: his own flirtation with madness, and one of natureÕs greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain. As a geology student in his second year at Oxford, Winchester was known as a young man of even temper and keen intellect, until one June morning when he woke to find himself Òchanged with dreadful suddenness into another being altogether,Ó his normal life Òslumped into chasmÓ and Òfolded in the dirt.Ó For a period of nine days, he lived in immobilizing fear. Everyday itemsÑfamiliar paintings, a pile of books, his own robe hanging from a hookÑbecame objects of horror; the world lost color, purpose, all sense and safety. When the episode finally passed, he returned to normal, presuming that what had happened to him was a fluke. It wasnÕt. The episode repeated itself at unpredictable and dangerous intervals for four yearsÑalways lasting for nine daysÑand very nearly caused the authorÕs death while he was on an expedition in the Arctic. What was wrong with him? Where could he find help? Would he spend the rest of his life anticipating the return of these mental blackouts? With the urgency of a whodunit, Winchester describes the coming and going of these terrifying dissociative states and the chance encounter that led to the controversial treatment of electroconvulsive therapy, which may or may not have cured him once and for all. Written by a consummate storyteller, ÒThe Man with the Electrified BrainÓ locates that finest of lines between sanity and insanity and is WinchesterÕs most riveting and deeply personal work yet. PRAISE FOR ÒTHE MAN WITH THE ELECTRIFIED BRAINÓ ÒA graceful, moving, and insightful account of a devastating condition which lies at the edge of our understanding of mental life.Ó ÑSteven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of ÒHow the Mind WorksÓ

The Anatomy of Madness

The Anatomy of Madness Author William F. Bynum
ISBN-10 0415323835
Release 2004
Pages 336
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The Anatomy of Madness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Anatomy of Madness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Anatomy of Madness book for free.

Philosophy in Turbulent Times

Philosophy in Turbulent Times Author Elisabeth Roudinesco
ISBN-10 9780231518857
Release 2008-12-15
Pages 208
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For Elisabeth Roudinesco, a historian of psychoanalysis and one of France's leading intellectuals, Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze, and Derrida represent a "great generation" of French philosophers who accomplished remarkable work and lived incredible lives. These troubled and innovative thinkers endured World War II and the cultural and political revolution of the 1960s, and their cultural horizon was dominated by Marxism and psychoanalysis, though they were by no means strict adherents to the doctrines of Marx and Freud. Roudinesco knew many of these intellectuals personally, and she weaves an account of their thought through lived experience and reminiscences. Canguilhem, for example, was a distinguished philosopher of science who had a great influence on Foucault's exploration of sanity and madness-themes Althusser lived in a notorious personal drama. And in dramatizing the life of Freud for the screen, Sartre fundamentally altered his own philosophical approach to psychoanalysis. Roudinesco launches a passionate defense of Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze, and Derrida against the "new philosophers" of the late 1970s and 1980s, who denounced the work-and sometimes the private lives-of this great generation. Roudinesco refutes attempts to tar them, as well as the Marxist and left-wing tradition in general, with the brush of Soviet-style communism. In Freudian theory and the philosophy of radical commitment, she sees a bulwark against the kind of manipulative, pill-prescribing, and normalizing psychology that aims to turn individuals into mindless consumers. Intense, clever, and persuasive, Philosophy in Turbulent Times captivates with the dynamism of French thought in the twentieth century.

De Medicalizing Misery II

De Medicalizing Misery II Author E. Speed
ISBN-10 9781137304667
Release 2014-09-16
Pages 283
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This book extends the critical scope of the previous volume, De-Medicalizing Misery, into a wider social and political context, developing the critique of the psychiatrization of Western society. It explores the contemporary mental health landscape and poses possible alternative solutions to the continuing issues of emotional distress.

Managing Madness

Managing Madness Author Joan Busfield
ISBN-10 UOM:39015011474239
Release 1986
Pages 406
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Antipsychiatry Author Thomas Szasz
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105124129086
Release 2009
Pages 188
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More than fifty years ago, Thomas Szasz showed that the concept of mental illness - a disease of the mind - is an oxymoron, a metaphor, a myth. In this book, he argues that his writings belong to neither psychiatry nor antipsychiatry. They stem from conceptual analysis, social-political criticism, and common sense.

Moonlight magnolias madness

Moonlight  magnolias   madness Author Peter McCandless
ISBN-10 UOM:39015037293704
Release 1996-03
Pages 405
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This progressive, or Whiggish, view of the history of insanity came under attack from several directions in the 1960s and 1970s. Sociologists such as Erving Goffman and renegade psychiatrists such as Thomas Szasz and R.D. Laing pictured mental hospitals and orthodox psychiatry as repressive and mental illness as a social construct designed to justify the incarceration and control of individuals whose behavior was socially disruptive, economically unproductive, politically deviant, or morally objectionable.

Women s madness

Women s madness Author Jane M. Ussher
ISBN-10 UOM:39076001258032
Release 1992-02-01
Pages 341
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Women s madness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Women s madness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Women s madness book for free.