What Mental Illness Really Is… (and what it isn’t)

Author(s) : Lucy Foulkes

What Mental Illness Really Is… (and what it isn’t)

Book Details

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Published : April 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 232
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Category 2 :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 96428
  • ISBN 13 : 9781529113372
  • ISBN 10 : 9781529113
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We need to rethink the conversation around mental health - psychologist Lucy Foulkes explores how and why.

How do mental health problems arise?

How do we distinguish between the 'normal' challenges of modern life and actual illness?

Is society really experiencing a new mental health crisis?

In this urgently needed book, psychologist Lucy Foulkes investigates what we know about mental illness - and shines a light on what we don't. It offers a profound new approach to how we think, talk and help when it comes to mental health.

(Previously published in 2021 in hardback under the title Losing Our Minds)

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This beautifully written and compassionate account, backed by state-of-the-art scientific evidence, delivers an important message: there is far more variation in the state of our mental health and far more complexity in the diagnosis of mental illness than we tend to believe. This book is needed urgently so that we can examine fears of a tsunami of mental health problems, especially in the light of the current pandemic. Anyone touched by such problems will find much helpful practical advice. - Uta Frith, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Development.

'Captivating...engaging and lucid' - Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

'Clear-headed, compassionate and, ultimately, optimistic'- Mark Haddon

'Thorough, wise...much needed' - Mark Rice-Oxley

'A must-read....Fascinating' - Jo Brand

About the Author(s)

Dr Lucy Foulkes is a psychologist who researches mental health and social development in adolescence. She is an honorary lecturer in psychology at UCL and a senior research fellow at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She lives in London. Losing Our Minds is her first book.

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