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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.
The ISPS (the International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) has a history stretching back more than fifty years during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. The tide is now turning again. There is a welcome international resurgence of interest in a range of psychological factors in psychosis that have considerable explanatory power and also distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, users and carers are increasingly expecting interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard skilled practitioners in the main psychotherapeutic modalities as important components of the care of the seriously mentally ill.
The ISPS is a global society. It is composed of an increasing number of groups of professionals, family members, those with vulnerability to psychosis and others, who are organised at national, regional and more local levels around the world. Such persons recognise the potential humanitarian and therapeutic potential of skilled psychological understanding and therapy in the field of psychosis. Our members cover a wide spectrum of approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies to the need-adaptive approaches, group therapies and therapeutic institutions. We are most interested in establishing meaningful dialogue with those practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological based approaches. Our activities include regular international and national conferences, newsletters and email discussion groups in many countries across the world.
One of our activities is in the field of publication. Routledge have recognised the importance of our field, publishing Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. The journal complements Routledge's publishing of the ISPS book series which started in 2004. The books aim to cover many topics within the spectrum of the psychological therapies of psychosis and their application in a variety of settings. The series is intended to inform and further educate a wide range of mental health professionals as well as those developing and implementing policy.
Some of the books will be controversial and certainly our aim is to develop and change current practice in some countries. Other books will also promote the ideas of clinicians and researchers well known in some countries but not familiar to others. Our overall intention is to encourage the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas, promote healthy debate, and encourage more research in a most important field whose secrets almost certainly do not all reside in the neurosciences.