Is depression simply the result of chemical imbalances, or Schizophrenia a wholly biological disorder? What role do the broader circumstances of an individual’s social, cultural and heuristic world play in the wider scheme...
Is depression simply the result of chemical imbalances, or Schizophrenia a wholly biological disorder? What role do the broader circumstances of an individual’s social, cultural and heuristic world play in the wider scheme of their psychological wellbeing? In this ground-breaking and highly innovative text, Cromby et al deliver an introduction to the the biopsychosocial paradigm for understanding and treating psychological distress, taking into consideration the wider contexts that engender the onset of mental illness and critiquing the limitations in the sole use of the biomedical model in psychological practice. Rather than biologically determined or clinically measurable, readers are encouraged to consider mental illness as a subjective experience that is expressed according to the individual experiences of the sufferer rather than the rigidity of diagnostic categories. Similarly, approaches to recovery expand beyond psychiatric medication to consider the fundamental function of methods such as psychotherapy, community psychology and service-user movements in the recovery process. Offering a holistic account of the experience of psychological distress, this text draws upon not only statistical evidence but places an integral emphasis on the service-user experience; anecdotal accounts of which feature throughout in order to provide readers with the perspective of the mental health sufferer.
Taking an integrative approach to the psychology of mental health, the authors draw from a wealth of experience, examples and approaches to present this student-friendly and engaging text. This is core reading for anyone serious about understanding mental health issues and is suitable for undergraduate students taking introductory courses in psychology and abnormal psychology.
- The first mainstream textbook to break away from outdated ways of thinking about mental health and distress, and take a modern, all-encompassing approach that lecturers have been calling for
- Reflects new approaches to mental health and the kinds of psychological interventions for those experiencing distress, moving away from a limited diagnostic model
- Presents a wealth of case stories to portray the psychological reality of those living with distress with a view to instill sensitive and empathetic practice for those would-be psychologist readers
- Written by a team of expert and experienced authors, including Richard Bentall, a bestselling Penguin author whose Madness Explained won the 2004 BPS Book Award
- Includes a chapter written by psychological-service users a first for psychology textbook publishing, ensuring that that students can gain a crucial perspective of that other than the psychologist/clinician
1. From Disorder to Experience
5. Diagnosis and Formulation
6. Causal Influences
7. Service Users and Survivors
9. Sadness and Worry
10. Sexuality and Gender
12. Distressing Bodies and Eating
13. Disordered Personalities?.
- Lecturer zone where lecturers can access digital material, such as PowerPoint slides to support their course lectures
- Student zone where students can find revision activities on what they have covered in the book, as well as learn more about the material covered
- About the book zone where students can learn about the unique approach of the book and includes an interview with author Paula Reavey
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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