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History, Concepts and Controversies, 1st Edition

By Philip John Tyson, Shakiela Khanam Davies, Alison Torn


296 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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


About the Authors

Dr Philip Tyson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of South Wales. He has an extensive background in mental health research where his main interests lie in psychosis, phobias and links between physical activity and psychological health.

Dr. Shakiela Khanam Davies is a Clinical Psychology Lecturer at the University of South Wales. Her research interests include Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Research Methods, Mental Health and Online Grooming.

Dr Alison Torn is Senior Teaching Fellow at Leeds Trinity University, teaching Social Psychology and Critical Mental Health.

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