Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice

Author(s) : Lucy Johnstone

Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 302
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 95782
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367559816
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367559
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Users and Abusers of Psychiatry. Is a radically different, critical account of day-to-day practice in psychiatric settings. Using real-life examples and her own experience as a clinical psychologist, Lucy Johnstone argues that the traditional way of treating mental distress can often exacerbate people's original difficulties, leaving them powerless and re-traumatised.

She draws on a range of evidence to present a very different understanding of psychiatric breakdown than that found in standard medical textbooks, and to suggest new ways forward.

The extended introduction to this Classic Edition brings the book up to date by revisiting its themes and tracing the changes in mental health practice over the last three decades. The book's accessibility and clarity have ensured that it remains a classic in a growing field, and it is as relevant today as when it was first published.

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.

Reviews and Endorsements

'With lucid simplicity Lucy sets out the conflict at the heart of psychiatry... Lucy is an outstanding psychologist, one of the leaders in her generation of psychologists.' - Dorothy Rowe, from the foreword to the first edition.

'It is written with humanity, in clear and straightforward language...... its key arguments remain relevant today and, in many ways, are more urgent.'- David Harper, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of East London.

About the Author(s)

Lucy Johnstone is a clinical psychologist and Academic Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate. Her main interests are in Adult Mental Health, and in psychological approaches to the more severe forms of mental distress. She is the author of a number of publications including Users and Abusers of Psychiatry, and is a regular speaker and guest lecturer at conferences and training courses.

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