Abolishing the Concept of Mental Illness: Rethinking the Nature of Our Woes

Author(s) : Richard Hallam

Abolishing the Concept of Mental Illness: Rethinking the Nature of Our Woes

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 170
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
  • Catalogue No : 93414
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138063136
  • ISBN 10 : 1138063134
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In Abolishing the Concept of Mental Illness: Rethinking the Nature of Our Woes, Richard Hallam takes aim at the very concept of mental illness, and explores new ways of thinking about and responding to psychological distress.

Though the concept of mental illness has infiltrated everyday language, academic research, and public policy-making, there is very little evidence that woes are caused by somatic dysfunction. This timely book rebuts arguments put forward to defend the illness myth and traces historical sources of the mind/body debate; the author discusses what it means in concrete clinical terms to consider mental illness as a metaphor, and presents a balanced overview of the past utility and current disadvantages of employing a medical illness metaphor against the backdrop of current UK clinical practice.

Insightful and easy to read, Abolishing the Concept of Mental Illness will appeal to all professionals and academics working in clinical psychology, as well as psychotherapists and other mental health practitioners.

About the Author(s)

Richard Hallam trained as a clinical psychologist and has combined university teaching and research with work in a variety of National Health Service settings. His main areas of interest are adult problems, hearing-related complaints, and case formulation. He has published several books, most recently Virtual Selves, Real Persons (2009) and Individual Case Formulation (2013). He now works as an independent researcher and in private practice.

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