Creating Mental Illness / Edition 1

Creating Mental Illness / Edition 1

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by Allan V. Horwitz
     
 


In this surprising book, Allan V. Horwitz argues that our current conceptions of mental illness as a disease fit only a small number of serious psychological conditions and that most conditions currently regarded as mental illness are cultural constructions, normal reactions to stressful social circumstances, or simply forms of deviant behavior.See more details below

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In this surprising book, Allan V. Horwitz argues that our current conceptions of mental illness as a disease fit only a small number of serious psychological conditions and that most conditions currently regarded as mental illness are cultural constructions, normal reactions to stressful social circumstances, or simply forms of deviant behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226353821
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Culture Trails Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Proliferation of Mental Illnesses1
1A Concept of Mental Disorder19
2The Expansion of Mental Illnesses in Dynamic Psychiatry38
3The Emergence of Diagnostic Psychiatry56
4The Extension of Mental Illnesses into the Community83
5The Structuring of Mental Disorders107
6The Biological Foundations of Diagnostic Psychiatry132
7Social Causes of Distress158
8Diagnostic Psychiatry and Therapy181
Conclusion: Mental Illnesses as Social Constructions208
Notes231
References247
Index283

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