Creating Mental Illness / Edition 1

Creating Mental Illness / Edition 1

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by Allan V. Horwitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226353826

ISBN-13: 9780226353821

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


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
Sales rank:
946,406
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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Creating Mental Illness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
A MUST-READ THAT CAPTURES THE HUMAN FACE OF MADNESS Sobering and incendiary. Those are two words that surge immediately to mind after reading Creating Mental Illness, a controversial and compelling treatise that redefines the concept of insanity. Written by Allan Horwitz, this startling book presents evidence that most mentally-ill patients aren't actually mentally ill! "Historically, labels of mental illness were reserved for people whose behavior was extremely strange," Horwitz introduces. Arguing that there are 50 million Americans who meet the criteria for being deranged, but in face don't have mental disorders - they only suffer from stressful lifestyle choices and from being unable to adapt to their social arrangements. Horwitz suggests mental illness as a whole has been miscatergorized. For instance, pro wrestlers who choose to drop weight to qualify for a lighter weight class would be classified by most psych docs as candidates for bulimia nervosa, if the docs considered only the facts. He is very critical of the psychoanalysis field and how they have defined mental dysfunction. Creating Mental Illness will make you re-think how you define the insanity and mentally ill at best and give you a panic disorder at worst! Thankfully, the book concludes its diagnosis of modern medicine with a possible cure.