Psychology, Mental Health and Distress

October 27, 2019 - Comment

What does the word ‘schizophrenia’ mean to you? Perhaps your first thought is of someone with a medical condition that involves some kind of brain disease? But what if you knew that the person in question had been through a traumatic childhood? Would that change how you thought about their mental health? And what impact

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What does the word ‘schizophrenia’ mean to you? Perhaps your first thought is of someone with a medical condition that involves some kind of brain disease? But what if you knew that the person in question had been through a traumatic childhood? Would that change how you thought about their mental health? And what impact does this have on how we as a society interact with people with mental distress?Psychology, Mental Health and Distress is the first mainstream textbook that reconsiders the traditional emphasis on the biological and psychiatric models for what is commonly, but contentiously, known as ‘abnormal psychology’ or ‘psychopathology’. It provides a fully rounded account of mental distress, including social and relationship causes, and challenges your preconceptions about what you think you know about mental health.Key features: * Reflects new approaches to mental health and the kinds of psychological interventions (or ‘treatments’) for those experiencing distress, moving away from a limited diagnostic model * Offers a wealth of case stories to portray the reality of living with distress, building your empathy to encourage sensitive practice * Fully informed by current experimental, qualitative and theoretical psychological research including research into hearing voices * Written by a team of leading clinical and social psychologists with additional contributions by renowned figures including Richard Bentall, a bestselling Penguin author whose Madness Explained won the 2004 BPS Book Award * Includes a chapter authored by those with first-hand experience of mental health services, ensuring you understand the nuances of this emotionally charged, and often controversial, topic The authors draw from a range of experience, examples and approaches to present this student-friendly and engaging text: core reading for anyone serious about understanding mental health issues.

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Anonymous says:

The most necessary perspective for the future of mental health thoroughly presented. A profound and incisive account of the limitations of the biomedical model of metal health, and a thorough case for a Biopsychosocial paradigm, that includes sufferers’ accounts of their experiences of mental distress, and the fact of their own agency and social meanings in their diagnosis and treatent. An invaluable perspective on mental wellbeing, distress, and the therapist as an agentic part of the journey to a successful outcome, not simply a disassociated facilitator with a white coat and…

Anonymous says:

At last, a psychology text book which is worth buying I would thoroughly recommend this book to any student of psychology and believe it should be required reading for all doctors who decide to specialise in psychiatry. The tide is turning away from traditional psychiatry in regard to the categorisation of mental illness, speeded up by the publishing of the dire DSM-5 in 2013. Cromby’s book demonstrates that formulation trumps diagnosis as a way of understanding distress and offers a valid alternative to labelling an individual with a fictitious…

Anonymous says:

good book Little bit text heavy and hard to read. However using it to study and is very useful. Arrived quickly in good condition

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