Beyond the Disease Model of Mental Disorders

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ISBN-13: 9780275970987
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Description: Kiesler's Beyond the Disease Model of Mental Disorder goes beyond recent volumes which argue that psychotropic medications are being overused and abused in contemporary mental health settings. Elliott Valenstein, for example, an emeritus professor  More...

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List price: $36.95
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 10/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Kiesler's Beyond the Disease Model of Mental Disorder goes beyond recent volumes which argue that psychotropic medications are being overused and abused in contemporary mental health settings. Elliott Valenstein, for example, an emeritus professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan, recently argues that people should be highly suspicious of the claim that all mental illness is primarily a biochemical disorder. In his 1998 book, Blaming the Brain: The Truth about Drugs and Mental Health, Valenstein does not argue that drugs never work or that patients should discontinue taking medication. Valenstein's central point, instead, is that drugs do not attack the real cause of a disorder, since biochemical theories are an "unproven hypothesis" and probably a false one. Inasmuch as Kiesler's volume is concerned exclusively with scientific explanations of mental disorders, it does not review at all the evidence for psychotropic medications or for other treatments of mental disorders. Kiesler does highlight a message similar to that of Valenstein, who rejects the hypothesis that mental illness is primarily a biochemical disorder. After a comprehensive review of the relevant scientific evidence, Kiesler concludes that henceforth the study of mental disorders must be guided by multicausal theories and research that systematically include an array of biological, psychological, and sociocultural causal factors. Kiesler adds that, in order for this to be accomplished, the mental health field and the public at large must first abandon the invalid monocausal biomedical (disease) model of mental disorder.

Donald J. Kiesler is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied & Preventive Psychology. He is the author of numerous journal articles and author, co-author, or co-editor of 10 books.

What Causes Mental Disorders?
The Biomedical Answer Understanding Mental Disorders: Definitions and Causes
The ""American Way"" of Understanding Mental Disorders: The Biomedical Model Dissatisfaction with the Biomedical Model within Medicine and Psychiatry
What Causes Mental Disorders?
The Scientific Evidence
Scientific Evidence Invalidates the Biomedical Model: Findings from Behavioral Genetics
Scientific Evidence Invalidates the Environmental Model: Findings from Psychological Research
Scientific Evidence: Stressful Events Affect the Development and Onset of Mental Disorders
What Causes Mental Disorders?
The Multicausal Biopsychosocial Answer Biopsychosocial Risk and Protective Factors in Mental Disorders
Toward Valid Understanding of Mental Disorders: Multicausal, Biopsychosocial Theories Implications of Multicausal Theories for the Science and Disciplines of Psychopathology
Appendix
Indexes

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