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Narratives of Mental Health: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery
     

Narratives of Mental Health: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery

by Bruce Cohen
 
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

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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 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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"Bruce Cohen offers innovative views about the value and impact of considering mental health services from users' perspectives." - British Journal of Psychology

"... very interesting, well researched and respectful of the service-user voice." - Psychiatric Bulletin

" an engaging critical study of the development and treatments of mental illnesses, which successfully demonstrates both the importance and relevance of social scientific approaches to the study of this area of medicine." - Medical Sociology Online

"In Mental Health User Narratives Cohen places the real experts on mental health problems centre stage. The subjective experience of people who use mental health services has been largely ignored, by researchers and clinicians, for as long as the 'medical model' has been dominant. This book provides a refreshing antidote to the bizarre notion that we can understand people's emotional pain by counting 'symptoms' and applying a diagnostic label. This is a must read for all involved in mental health services and research." -Professor John Read, University of Liverpool

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230267978
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/23/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
431 KB

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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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