Madness: History, Concepts and Controversies provides a comprehensive and critical analysis of current perspectives on mental illness and how they have been shaped by historical trends and dominant socio-political paradigms.
From its representation among world religions and wider folkloric myth, to early attempts to rationalize and treat symptoms of mental disorder, this book outlines the principle contemporary models of understanding mental health and situates them within a wider historical and social context. The authors consider a variety of current controversies within the mental health arena and provide numerous pedagogical features to allow students the opportunity to understand and engage in current issues and debates relating to mental health.
By discussing key issues such as the social construction of mental illness, this text provides an essential overview of how societies and science has understood mental illness, and will appeal to students, researchers and general readers alike.
"This book is an exceptional pedagogical tool for teaching about madness both historically and critically. It provides a unique in-depth overview of the history and key issues of understanding mental health. This book is both contextual and critical - a much-needed teaching resource." – Katherine Hubbard, University of Surrey, UK.
Section 1: History
Chapter 1: Prehistoric Perspectives: Excising Demons
Chapter 2: Religious Perspectives: Madness in Sacred Texts
Chapter 3: Ancient Greek Perspectives: Madness in the Blood
Chapter 4: Medieval Perspectives: Madness and Witchcraft.
Chapter 5: The Age of Asylums: The Mass Containment of the Mad
Chapter 6: The Medicalisation of Madness: The Rise of Psychiatry
Chapter 7: The Classification of Madness: A History of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Section 2: Concepts
Chapter 8: Biological Perspectives and Treatments
Chapter 9: Psychoanalytical Perspectives and Treatments
Chapter 10: Behavioural Perspectives and Treatments
Chapter 11: Cognitive Perspectives and Treatments
Section 3: Controversies
Chapter 12: Defining Madness
Chapter 13: A Critique of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Chapter 14: Race and Mental Health Services
Chapter 15: Class in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Chapter 16: The Pharmaceutical Industry