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Madness explained: psychosis and human nature

Winner of the British Psychological Society Book Award 2004. Is madness purely a medical condition that can be treated with drugs? Is there really a clear dividing line between mental health and mental illness, or is it not so easy to classify who is sane and who is insane? In Madness Explained clinical psychologist Richard Bentall shatters the modern myths that surround psychosis. This work argues that we cannot define madness as an illness to be cured like any other, that labels such as 'schizophrenia' and 'manic depression' are meaningless, based on nineteenth-century classifications; and that experiences such as delusions and hearing voices are in fact exaggerations of the mental foibles to which we are all vulnerable. Also includes information on biological psychiatry, bipolar disorder, brain, cross cultural studies, culture, delusions, dementia praecox, depression, drug therapy, DSM-I, DSM-II, DSM-III, DSM-IIIR, DSM-IV, DSM-V, hallucinations, mania, manic depression, paronia, schizophrenia, self, self esteem, speech, symptoms, twin studies, etc.;1 Emil Kraepelin's big idea : the origins of modern psychiatric theory -- 2 After Kraepelin : how the standard approach to psychiatric classification evolved -- 3 The great classification crisis : how it was discovered that the standard system was scientifically meaningless -- 4 Fool's gold : why psychiatric diagnoses do not work -- 5 The boundaries of madness : why there is no boundary between sanity and madness -- 6 Them and us : modern psychiatry as a cultural system -- 7 The significance of biology : psychosis, the brain and the concept of 'disease' -- 8 Mental life and human nature : madness and the social brain -- 9 Madness and emotion : human emotions and the negative symptoms of psychosis -- 10 Depression and the pathology of self : core psychological processes that are important in severe mental illness -- 11 A colourful malady : the psychology of mania -- 12 Abnormal attitudes : the psychology of delusional beliefs -- 13 On the paranoid world view : towards a unified theory of depression, mania and paranoia -- 14 The illusion of reality : the psychology of hallucinations -- 15 The language of madness : the communication difficulties of psychotic patients -- 16 Things are much more complex than they seem : the instability of psychosis, and the solution to the riddle of psychiatric classification -- 17 From the cradle to the clinic : psychosis considered from a developmental perspective -- 18 The trials of life : how life experiences shape madness -- 19 Madness and society : some implications of post-Kraepelinian psychopathology -- Appendix: A glossary of technical and scientific terms.
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