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The Medicalisation of Everyday Life

A Critical Perspective

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This is timely new book examines the generally accepted understanding of the theory and practice of mental health.  Drawing on historical and contemporary practices, it critically explores the concept of mental...

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This is timely new book examines the generally accepted understanding of the theory and practice of mental health.  Drawing on historical and contemporary practices, it critically explores the concept of mental illness and how it is treated, the integration of health and social care, and providing a person-centred approach. As well as tackling more general aspects, such as how we categorise mental health and the contemporary practice around medication and treatment alternatives, it also focusses on specific areas currently labelled ‘mental illness’, including depression, anxiety, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), autistic spectrum disorder, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  Final chapters address the evidence for the effectiveness of psychopharmacology and the place of placebos in research and treatment, the importance of cultural sensitivity in a globalised world and the possibilities for the future practice in mental health services.  The importance of non-medical alternative therapies and the incorporation of consumer perspectives in mental health service practice are highlighted throughout as a means of strengthening the experience of mental health service delivery for mental health professionals and consumers.

Whether a student on a mental health nursing course, a social work student focussing on mental health, or a practitioner in the medical and allied health professions, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants a greater understanding of the theory and practice of mental health. 

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Explores two key policy trends - the integration of health and social care services and the person-centred care approach Interdisciplinary text
Can be used across subject areas, including Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, and Counselling 
Examines global and cultural perspectives on mental health

1. The Contemporary Mental Health Landscape.- 2. Understanding Mental Illness Categorisation.- 3. Medication and Treatment Alternatives.- 4. The Epidemic of Depression.- 5. Anxiety: Medicalising Worry and Shyness.- 6. ADHD  and Autistic Spectrum Disorder – Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis or Over-diagnosis?.- 7. PTSD – The Medicalisation of Distressing Experiences.- 8. Reflecting on Drugs and Placebos.- 9. Culture and the Globalisation of Mental Health and Mental Illness.- 10. The Nature of Evidence and the Role of Alternative Therapies.

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Barbara Fawcett is Professor of Social Work  (Adults and Communities), Head of the Department of Social Work and Social Care and Director of International Strategic partnerships in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK. Previously she was Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia and the Head of School and Associate Dean (Research). Barbara has been an International member of the editorial boards of the journals Critical Social Policy, Child Care in Practice and the British Journal of Social Work. She has been an Executive Board Member of Barnardos, Australia. Her work has a strong International dimension and collaborations include Hong...

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Barbara Fawcett is Professor of Social Work  (Adults and Communities), Head of the Department of Social Work and Social Care and Director of International Strategic partnerships in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK. Previously she was Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia and the Head of School and Associate Dean (Research). Barbara has been an International member of the editorial boards of the journals Critical Social Policy, Child Care in Practice and the British Journal of Social Work. She has been an Executive Board Member of Barnardos, Australia. Her work has a strong International dimension and collaborations include Hong Kong, China and South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. 

Dr. Zita Weber was an academic at the University of Sydney for 20 years.  Prior to entering academia, she was a social work practitioner in mental health, child health and rehabilitation areas. Zita has written numerous academic papers and co-authored several books.

Dr. Helen Bannister has been practising P/T as a counsellor for the last ten years. For over 30 years she has worked as an academic in universities and in research and policy positions in government and the community sector. She has taught in sociology, sociology of education, sociology of health, cultural studies, social policy and youth policy.

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