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Recovery from Schizophrenia
Psychiatry and Political Economy

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ISBN 9780415212663
Published November 20, 2003 by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

Recovery from Schizophrenia, from its first publication, was acclaimed as a work of major importance. It demonstrated convincingly, but controversially, how political, economic and labour market forces shape social responses to the mentally ill, mould psychiatric treatment philosophy, and influence the onset and course of one of the most common forms of mental illness.

In this revised and updated third edition, Dr Warner analyses the latest research to extend the conclusions of the original work and tells us whether conditions and outcomes for people with schizophrenia are getting better or worse for people in Britain and America in recent years. In addition, he
* critiques recent approaches to preventing the occurrence of schizophrenia
* suggests innovative strategies for advancing the economic situation of people with mental illness
* describes the latest advances in the rehabilitation of people with schizophrenia
* provides a guide on how to combat the stigma of mental illness at local and national level.

Recovery from Schizophrenia's radical analysis of the factors affecting the outcome of schizophrenia is essential reading for all psychiatrists, mental health professional, mental health advocates, social workers, rehabilitation personnel, and psychologists.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Background. What is schizophrenia? Health, Illness and the economy. Part 2: The Political Economy of Schizophrenia. Recovery from Schizophrenia. Deinstitutionalization. Madness and the Industrial Revolution. Labor, Poverty and Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia in the Third World. The Person with Schizophrenia in Western Society. The Incidence of Schizophrenia. Part 3: Treatment. Antipsychotic Drugs: Use, Abuse and Non-use. Work. Desegregating Schizophrenia.

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Richard Warner is the Medical Director of the Mental Health Center of Boulder County, Colorado and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado.


As a resource base of evidence to support the principles and practice of recovery, get this book and use it. - Catherine Jackson in Mental Health Today, May 2004

The book is not just about an American viewpoint. NHS expenditure on schizophrenia is examined, and the author has collaborated with many others, including a British university specialist... it is something of a 'how to' book for mental health professionals, but also an 'everything you wanted to know' book for the general reader. - Bel Crawford, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, October 2004