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Macmillan Higher Education

Speaking Our Minds

An Anthology of Personal Experiences of Mental Distress and its Consequences

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Paperback - 9780333678503

20 November 1996

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This is an exciting collection of writings by people who have experienced mental distress. It includes accounts of psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and alternative treatments; life in mental institutions and moves into...

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This is an exciting collection of writings by people who have experienced mental distress. It includes accounts of psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and alternative treatments; life in mental institutions and moves into the community; self-help methods and work to improve mental health services. Moving, sometimes funny and often dramatic, the pieces are written by some of the key activists in the mental health survivors' movement, as well as by people best known as writers and poets and others who, for a period of time, have been caught up with mental distress and have something original to say.

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Introduction
PART ONE: EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AND ITS CAUSES
Introduction
Agoraphobia: Letting Go; P. Mason
Afraid to Live and Afraid to Die; R.B. A Survival Story; P. Bremner
Silent Scream; M. Ross
Finger Pickin' Good; L. Thorn  Thro' a Glass Darkly; 'a Psychiatric Nurse' I've Lost My Innocence; Nicki  The Pressure of Being a Human Chameleon; V. el Khalifa
Unplanned Journey; D. Friel McGowin
PART TWO: PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT
Introduction
Two Accounts of Mental Distress; M. O'Hagan Mania; B
Howard Schizophrenia From the Inside; R. Jameson Challenging Loss of Power; P. Campbell ECT is Barbaric; L. Taylor
Choosing ECT; R. Perkins The Right to be Informed; C.McIntosh
Prozac Really isn't That Great; E. Wurtzel
PART THREE: LIFE AS AN IN-PATIENT
Introduction
Thunk Among the Jolly Bunks; L. Irvine Ward; M. O'Higgins
Why We Run for Cover; Anon. By Definition; W. Lindsay
Therapy Room; W. Lewis
Stay Calm and Charm Them; L. Hart I Wanted to Scream and Shout; J. Laing
An Utter Disaster; K.H. Label Removed but Scar Remains; J. Bell
PART FOUR: MOVING INTO THE COMMUNITY
Introduction
Jane Writing from the Pastures: Paying the Penalty, I Can Get About, There's Nothing You Can Do; Anon. Don't Go Back; W. Lindsay
The Sanctuary in North London; M. Henderson A Second Chance for Life; J. Tugwell
Clive Alienation; J. Meredith Nutter to Normal; J. Read A Comparative Study of Application Forms for Housing Benefit and an American Express Card; P. Good
PART FIVE: THERAPY AND SELF HELP
Introduction
Time, Faith and Encouragement; R. Caplin
Healing Through Creativity; C. Hambrook Obsessed; M. Sangster Neurotics at War; D. Wigoder
One-To-One; Margery Reflections on Therapy; B. Taylor Eleventh Contributor; L. Pembroke
PART SIX: WORKING FOR CHANGE
Introduction
What We Want From Mental Health Services; J. Read What Users Want From Mental Health Crisis Services; P. Campbell Now is Your Chance to Help Undo Some Wrongs; V. Lindow Becoming Fully Ourselves; J. Wallcraft
We Can Still Find a Way to be Heard; S. King Listening in the Asylum; M. Nettle Who Do You Represent?
Shaking Hands with the Devil; Beeforth Having Space to Talk and Think; T. Simpson
What Has Disability got to do with Psychiatric Survivors?; P. Beresford, G. Gifford and C. Harrison.

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