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Users and Abusers of Psychiatry

A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice, 1st Edition

By Lucy Johnstone


320 pages

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Users and Abusers of Psychiatry is a radically different, critical account of the day-to-day practice of psychiatry. Using real-life examples and her own experience as a clinical psychologist, Lucy Johnstone argues that the traditional way of treating mental illness can often exacerbate people's original difficulties leaving them powerless, disabled and distressed.

In this completely revised and updated second edition, she draws on a range of evidence to present a very different understanding of psychiatric breakdown than that found in standard medical textbooks.

Users and Abusers of Psychiatry is a challenging but ultimately inspiring read for all who are involved in mental health - whether as professionals, students, service users, relatives or interested lay people.


'Essential reading for those involved, or with an interest in the mental health field' - Social Work Education

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Glossary. 1. The Story of a Depressed Housewife. 2. The Rescue Game. 3. The Sick Role. 4. The Treatment Barrier. 5. Women's and Men's Role Problems and Psychiatry. 6. The Professionals and their Training. 7. A Brief History of Psychiatry. 8. Physical Treatments and the Role of the Drug Industry. 9. Resistance in the System. 10. Psychiatry and Wider Society. 11. Pointers to the Future. Notes. Index.

About the Author

Lucy Johnstone spent 11 years working in the NHS as a clinical psychologist before moving to her present post as Senior lecturer in clinical psychology & counselling at UWE, Bristol. She has published widely in the area of critical approaches to mental health.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health