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Description: Psychiatry is now a highly visible activity - care in the community, compulsion, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse mean that few people are not touched by it. Indeed one in four of us will consult a psychiatrist in our life time. This book explains what psychiatry is, and what it is not. It starts with the identification of the major mental illnesses and why they are no longer considered just variations of 'normality'. It charts the rise of the Asylum and its demise with thedevelopments of Care in the Community, and the flourishing of psychoanalysis and its later transformation into more accessible psychotherapies.More than any other branch of medicine psychiatry has been attacked and criticised. There is a long catalogue of abuses - from mundane neglect and bizarre treatments through to political abuse by totalitarian regimes. Modern psychiatry too brings with it new controversies such as the medicalization of normal life, the power of the drug companies and the use of psychiatry as an agent of social control. The book does not shy away from outlining these issues but provides the reader with a clearunderstanding of what psychiatry is capable of, and what it is not capable of, so that they can draw their own conclusions.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2006
Size: 6.75" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
|List of illustrations|
|What is psychiatry?|
|Asylums and the origins of psychiatry|
|The move into the community|
|Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy|
|Psychiatry under attack|
|Open to abuse|
|Into the 21st century|