The world of mental illness is typically framed around symptoms and cures, where every client is given a label. In this challenging new book, Professor Bernard Guerin provides a fresh alternative to considering these issues, based in interdisciplinary social sciences and discourse analysis rather than medical studies or cognitive metaphors.
A timely and articulate challenge to mainstream approaches, Guerin asks the reader to observe the ecological contexts for behavior rather than diagnose symptoms, to find new ways to understand and help those experiencing mental distress. This book shows the reader:
Offering solutions rather than theory to develop a new ‘post-internal’ psychology, How to Rethink Mental Illness will be essential reading for every mental health professional, as well as anyone who has either experienced a mental illness themselves, or helped a friend or family member who has.
1. Which behaviours are judged as ‘mental illness’ and why are they called ‘mental’? 2. Contextual analysis for mental health 3. Contextualizing language and thinking (cognition) for mental health 4. Deconstrucing the DSM. 5. Mental health in modernity 6. Belief and rationality, some thought disorders, and self-identity 7. Contexts for societal oppression: being female, poor, or with a refugee background 8. Contexts of devastation: Indigenous mental health and colonization