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Drawing on extensive research in the United Kingdom, Mental Health User Narratives focuses on the listening to and understanding of the mental health user within the psychiatric system. It differs from other texts in the field by arguing for the avoidance of immediate interpretation. Instead, the user 'narratives' (or stories) are taken at face value, building a more rounded picture of the lives of users, and producing new perspectives on mental health and illness. Insights are gained into areas such as ...
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Narratives of Mental Health: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery

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Overview

Drawing on extensive research in the United Kingdom, Mental Health User Narratives focuses on the listening to and understanding of the mental health user within the psychiatric system. It differs from other texts in the field by arguing for the avoidance of immediate interpretation. Instead, the user 'narratives' (or stories) are taken at face value, building a more rounded picture of the lives of users, and producing new perspectives on mental health and illness. Insights are gained into areas such as spiritualism, self-coping, self-recovery, alternative treatments, positive affects of illness and future life paths. Further, comparison of institutional and home treatment psychiatric narratives illustrates the fluidity of illness identity depending on the psychiatric intervention experienced. The research in this book will demonstrate a need to widen the therapeutic mind to include the mundane and everyday as an additional focus for treatment and recovery. It is the first volume allowing mental health users to speak to the professional community which offers to treat them and as such will be an important resource for professionals, students and practitioners in the mental health field.

About the Author:
Bruce MZ Cohen is a research fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230267978
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/23/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 422 KB

Meet the Author

BRUCE COHEN is a Research Fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He has previously researched mental health communities in Teesside and Bradford, publishing articles in the Psychiatric Bulletin and Science, Discourse and Mind. He has been awarded Research Scholarships to work in Australia and Germany, and is currently researching migrant youth in Berlin.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables     x
Preface     xi
Acknowledgements     xii
List of Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction     1
Mental Illness and Psychiatry     6
Summary     6
Histories of madness     7
Theories of mental illness     20
Psychiatry and medico-eclecticism     27
Conclusion     30
Narratives     32
Summary     32
Background     32
Post-modernism     33
The psychiatric narrative     36
Social constructionism     42
Personality theorists     45
Social science     47
A narrative approach     50
A definition     55
Conclusion     58
Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment     60
Summary     60
Crisis intervention     61
Home treatment     63
Background     67
Philosophy     69
Practice     72
The end of the Bradford Home Treatment Service     73
Conclusion     76
Methods     77
Summary     77
The home treatment sample     78
The hospital sample     79
Piloting     81
Narrative collection     85
Narrative analysis     87
Conclusion     89
The User Narratives     90
Summary     90
Hospital narrative: Philip     92
Home treatment narrative: Michael     99
Hospital narrative: Rachel     102
Home treatment narrative: Catriona     106
Hospital narrative: Tariq     110
Home treatment narrative: Yunas     115
Hospital narrative: Carmen     119
Home treatment narrative: Raiza     125
Hospital and home treatment user narratives     128
Conclusion     131
Descent into Illness and Psychiatric Intervention     132
Summary     132
Precipitating factors     132
Referrals     134
Psychiatric hospital     135
Bradford Home Treatment Service     144
Conclusion     147
Recovery from Illness and Self-Coping     149
Summary     149
Current state of being     149
The meaning of illness     152
Self-coping strategies     156
Spiritualism     158
Positive aspects of illness     161
The future     161
Conclusion     163
Conclusion     165
Summary     165
The 'narrative approach'     165
Narrative comparisons     168
The psychiatric narrative and the user narratives     169
Ethnicity and gender     175
Social and economic factors     176
Metaphor and meaning     178
Implications     179
Conclusion     182
Appendices     184
Initial letter given to all Bradford Home Treatment Service users at discharge     184
Letter sent to sampled home treatment users, requesting an interview     184
Letter sent to hospital-only users requesting an interview     186
Background information, notes and draft topic guide for pilot interviews     186
Revised topic guide following pilot interviews     188
Bibliography     189
Index     202
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