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Creating Mental Illness

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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.

"Thought-provoking and important. . .Drawing on and consolidating the ideas of a range of authors, Horwitz challenges the existing use of the term mental illness and the psychiatric ideas and practices on which this usage is based. . . . Horwitz enters this controversial territory with confidence, conviction, and clarity."—Joan Busfield, American Journal of Sociology

"Horwitz properly identifies the financial incentives that urge therapists and drug companies to proliferate psychiatric diagnostic categories. He correctly identifies the stranglehold that psychiatric diagnosis has on research funding in mental health. Above all, he provides a sorely needed counterpoint to the most strident advocates of disease-model psychiatry."—Mark Sullivan, Journal of the American Medical Association

"Horwitz makes at least two major contributions to our understanding of mental disorders. First, he eloquently draws on evidence from the biological and social sciences to create a balanced, integrative approach to the study of mental disorders. Second, in accomplishing the first contribution, he provides a fascinating history of the study and treatment of mental disorders. . . from early asylum work to the rise of modern biological psychiatry."—Debra Umberson, Quarterly Review of Biology

Synopsis:

In this critique of modern psychiatry, Allan V. Horwitz examines conceptions of mental illness as a disease. Presenting case studies in maladies, he examines the major causes and treatments of mental illness, paying special attention to the use of pharmaceuticals.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Allan V. Horwitz is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction—The Proliferation of Mental Illnesses

1. A Concept of Mental Disorder

2. The Expansion of Mental Disorder in Dynamic Psychiatry

3. The Emergence of Diagnostic Psychiatry

4. The Extension of Mental Illnesses into the Community

5. The Structuring of Mental Disorders

6. The Biological Foundations of Diagnostic Psychiatry

7. Social Causes of Distress

8. Diagnostic Psychiatry and Therapy

Conclusion

Mental Illnesses as Social Constructions

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226353821
Author:
Horwitz
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Author:
Horwitz, Allan V.
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
2001, 2003
Series:
Culture Trails
Publication Date:
20030901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 line drawings
Pages:
315
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this critique of modern psychiatry, Allan V. Horwitz examines conceptions of mental illness as a disease. Presenting case studies in maladies, he examines the major causes and treatments of mental illness, paying special attention to the use of pharmaceuticals.
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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.

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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.
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