The Future of Mental Health: Deconstructing the Mental Disorder Paradigm

The Future of Mental Health: Deconstructing the Mental Disorder Paradigm

by Eric Maisel


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The Future of Mental Health drills to the heart of the current mental health crisis, where hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide receive unwarranted "mental disorder diagnoses." It paints a picture of how mental health providers can improve their practices to better serve individuals in distress and outlines necessary steps for a mental health revolution. Eric Maisel's goal is to inject more human interaction into the therapeutic process.

Maisel powerfully deconstructs the "mental disorder" paradigm that is the foundation of current mental health practices. The author presents a revolutionary alternative, a "human experience" paradigm. He sheds a bright light on the differences between so-called "psychiatric medication" and mere chemicals with powerful effects, explains why the DSM-5 is silent on causes, silent on treatment, and wedded to illegitimate "symptom pictures." Maisel describes powerful helping alternatives like communities of care, and explains why one day "human experience specialists" may replace current mental health professionals.

An important book for both service providers and service users, The Future of Mental Health brilliantly unmasks current mental health practices and goes an important step further: it describes what we are obliged to do in order to secure better mental health services—and better mental health—for everyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412862493
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2015
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eric Maisel, an American psychotherapist, writes the “Rethinking Psychology” column for Psychology Today and leads workshops nationally and internationally. He is the author of more than forty books.

Table of Contents


1 Our Human Experience

2 The Naturalness of Distress

3 Jettisoning Normal

4 Rethinking Diagnosis

5 What Shall We Call You?

6 The Mental Disorder Labeling Fraud

7 Chemicals versus Medication

8 On Meds

9 On Cause and Effect

10 Life Purpose, Meaning, and Value

11 Setting the Bar

12 The Human Experience Specialist

13 Twelve Shifts for Professionals

14 Institutions and Communities of Care

15 The "Mental Disorders" of Childhood

16 Understanding "Madness"

17 Alternatives to Diagnosis

18 The Brooklyn Project

19 Twenty Keys to a Mental Health Revolution

20 The Future of Your Mental Health

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