Models of Madness shows that hallucinations and delusions are understandable reactions to life events and circumstances rather than symptoms of a supposed genetic predisposition or biological disturbance. International contributors:
* critique the 'medical model' of madness
* examine the dominance of the 'illness' approach to understanding madness from historical and economic perspectives
* document the role of drug companies
* outline the alternative to drug based solutions
* identify the urgency and possibility of prevention of madness.
Models of Madness promotes a more humane and effective response to treating severely distressed people that will prove essential reading for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists and of great interest to all those who work in the mental health service. This book forms part of the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Psychoses series edited by Brian Martindale.
"Essential reading for all those involved with the mental health system, this book is apowerful, scholarly, up-to-date critique of biological approaches to madness and the role of the pharmaceutical industry, together with well presented and refreshing analyses of psychological and social approaches."- Terence McLaughlin, Mental Health Today, November 2004
"This is a wonderful book. It's a scholarly academic text that is very well supported by the literature in the field, but remains easy to read and understand, which is no mean feat, given the complexity of the material. it covers." - Lynne Huddleston in Manawatu Standard, 10 July 2004
"This is mandatory reading for all psychiatrists. Read et al. have issued a serious challenge to psychiatry. Are we totally on the wrong track with both understanding and treating schizophrenia? Are we doing more to create mental disorder than to prevent it? Since we have shuffled off responsibility for almost everything except mental illness, this challenge to the medical model suggests that we may have sawn off the last branch on which we had any purchase." - Carolyn Quadrio, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
"Models of Madness is a considerable achievement. The authority and accessibility of its robust arguments will make it a popular and classic text. It will stimulate thought in a system that has been lacking thought… Models of Madness will win many hearts and minds, and the mental health care of patients will be better for it." - Richard Duggins, Regional Dept. of Psychotherapy, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Part I: The Illness Model of 'Schizophrenia'. Read, Mosher, Bentall, 'Schizophrenia' is Not an Illness. Read, A History of Madness. Read, The Invention of 'Schizophrenia'. Read, Masson, Genetics, Eugenics and Mass Murder. Read, Does 'Schizophrenia' Exist? Reliability and Validity. Read, Biological Psychiatry's Lost Cause. Joseph, Schizophrenia and Heredity: Why the Emperor Has no Genes. Read, Electroconvulsive Therapy. Ross, Read, Antipsychotic Medication: Myths and Facts. Mosher, Gosden, Beder, Drug Companies and Schizophrenia: Unbridled Capitalism Meets Madness. Part II: Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Madness. Read, Haslam, Public Opinion: Bad Things Happen and Can Drive You Crazy. Geekie, Listening to the Voices We Hear: Clients' Understandings of Psychotic Experiences. Read, Poverty, Ethnicity and Gender. Bentall, Abandoning the Concept of Schizophrenia: The Cognitive Psychology of Hallucinations and Delusions. Silver, Koehler, Karon, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: Its History and Development. Read, Goodman, Morrison, Ross, Aderhold, Childhood Trauma and Stress. Read, Seymour, Mosher, Unhappy Families. Part III: Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions. Davies, Burdett,Preventing 'Schizophrenia': Creating the Conditions for Saner Societies. Chamberlin, User-run Services. Morrison, Cognitive Therapy for People with Psychosis. Gottdiener, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia: Empirical Support. Johannessen, The Development of Early Intervention Services. Aderhold, Gottwalz, Family Therapy and Schizophrenia: Replacing Ideology with Openness. Mosher, Non-hospital, Non-drug Intervention with First Episode Psychosis.
ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) has a history stretching back more than five decades, during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. This tide has been turning in recent years and there is growing international interest in a range of psychological, social and cultural factors that have considerable explanatory traction and distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly exploring interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard practitioners skilled in psychological therapies as an essential component of the care of people with psychosis.
A global society active in at least twenty countries, ISPS is composed of a diverse range of individuals, networks and institutional members. Key to its ethos is that individuals with personal experience of psychosis, and their families and friends, are fully involved alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this collaboration.
ISPS’s core aim is to promote psychological and social approaches to understanding and treating psychosis. Recognising the humanitarian and therapeutic potential of these perspectives, ISPS embraces a wide spectrum of therapeutic approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies, to need-adapted and dialogical approaches, family and group therapies and residential therapeutic communities. A further ambition is to draw together diverse viewpoints on psychosis and to foster discussion and debate across the biomedical and social sciences, including establishing meaningful dialogue with practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. Such discussion is now increasingly supported by empirical evidence of the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment especially in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.
Ways in which ISPS pursues its aims include international and national conferences, real and virtual networks, and publication of the journal Psychosis. The book series is intended to complement these activities by providing a resource for those wanting to consider aspects of psychosis in detail. It now also includes a monograph strand primarily targeted at academics. Central to both strands is the combination of rigorous, in-depth intellectual content and accessibility to a wide range of readers. We aim for the series to be a resource for mental health professionals of all disciplines, for those developing and implementing policy, for academics in the social and clinical sciences, and for people whose interest in psychosis stems from personal or family experience. We hope that the book series will help challenge excessively biological ways of conceptualising and treating psychosis through the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas and by fostering new interdisciplinary dialogues and perspectives.
For more information about ISPS, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website, www.isps.org.
For more information about the journal Psychosis visit www.isps.org/index.php/publications/journal.