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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 12 July 2011
  • ISBN : 9780062104748
  • Page : 368 pages
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 4 voters

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“The landmark book that argued that psychiatry consistently expands its definition of mental illness to impose its authority over moral and cultural conflict.” — New York Times The 50th anniversary edition of the most influential critique of psychiatry every written, with a new preface on the age of Prozac and Ritalin and the rise of designer drugs, plus two bonus essays. Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all aspects of modern life.

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The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness
  • Author : Thomas S. Szasz
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-07-12
  • ISBN : 9780062104748
DOWNLOAD BOOKThe Myth of Mental Illness

“The landmark book that argued that psychiatry consistently expands its definition of mental illness to impose its authority over moral and cultural conflict.” — New York Times The 50th anniversary edition of the most influential critique of psychiatry every written, with a new preface on the age of Prozac and Ritalin and the rise of designer drugs, plus two bonus essays. Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices.

The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness
  • Author : Thomas S. Szasz
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial
  • Release Date : 2010-02-23
  • ISBN : 0061771228
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50th Anniversary Edition With a New Preface and Two Bonus Essays The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all

Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz
  • Author : C. V. Haldipur,James L. Knoll IV,Eric v. d. Luft
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-01-24
  • ISBN : 9780192543226
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Thomas Szasz wrote over thirty books and several hundred articles, replete with mordant criticism of psychiatry, in both scientific and popular periodicals. His works made him arguably one of the world's most recognized psychiatrists, albeit one of the most controversial. These writings have been translated into several languages and have earned him a worldwide following. Szasz was a man of towering intellect, sweeping historical knowledge, and deep-rooted, mostly libertarian, philosophical beliefs. He wrote with a lucid and acerbic wit, but

The Myth of Psychotherapy

The Myth of Psychotherapy
  • Author : Thomas Szasz
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-02-01
  • ISBN : 9780815603139
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This intriguing book undercuts everything you thought you knew about psychotherapy.

Thomas S. Szasz

Thomas S. Szasz
  • Author : Jeffrey A. Schaler,Henry Zvi Lothane,Richard E. Vatz
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-08
  • ISBN : 9781351295024
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As it entered the 1960s, American institutional psychiatry was thriving, with a high percentage of medical students choosing the field. But after Thomas S. Szasz published his masterwork in 1961, The Myth of Mental Illness, the psychiatric world was thrown into chaos. Szasz enlightened the world about what he called the “myth of mental illness.” His point was not that no one is mentally ill, or that people labeled as mentally ill do not exist. Instead he believed that diagnosing people

The Manufacture of Madness

The Manufacture of Madness
  • Author : Thomas Szasz
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release Date : 1997-04-01
  • ISBN : 0815604610
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In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show “that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led.”

Ideology and Insanity

Ideology and Insanity
  • Author : Thomas Szasz
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release Date : 1991-04-01
  • ISBN : 0815602561
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This book is a collection of the earliest essays of Thomas Szasz, in which he staked out his position on “the nature, scope, methods, and values of psychiatry.” On each of these issues, he opposed the official position of the psychiatric profession. Where conventional psychiatrists saw themselves diagnosing and treating mental illness, Szasz saw them stigmatizing and controlling persons; where they saw hospitals, Szasz saw prisons; where they saw courageous professional advocacy of individualism and freedom, Szasz saw craven support

Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness

Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness
  • Author : Roy Richard Grinker
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2021-01-26
  • ISBN : 9780393531657
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A compassionate and captivating examination of evolving attitudes toward mental illness throughout history and the fight to end the stigma. For centuries, scientists and society cast moral judgments on anyone deemed mentally ill, confining many to asylums. In Nobody’s Normal, anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental-illness stigma—from the eighteenth century, through America’s major wars, and into today’s high-tech economy. Nobody’s Normal argues that stigma is a social

Mad in America

Mad in America
  • Author : Robert Whitaker
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2001-12-14
  • ISBN : 9780786723799
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Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most

Coercion as Cure

Coercion as Cure
  • Author : Thomas Szasz
  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release Date : 2011-12-31
  • ISBN : 9781412808958
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Understanding the history of psychiatry requires an accurate view of its function and purpose. In this provocative new study, Szasz challenges conventional beliefs about psychiatry. He asserts that, in fact, psychiatrists are not concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of bona fide illnesses. Psychiatric tradition, social expectation, and the law make it clear that coercion is the profession's determining characteristic. Psychiatrists may "diagnose" or "treat" people without their consent or even against their clearly expressed wishes, and these involuntary psychiatric

Psychiatry

Psychiatry
  • Author : Thomas Szasz
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-28
  • ISBN : 9780815650447
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For more than half a century, Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to a radical critique of psychiatry. His latest work, Psychiatry: The Science of Lies, is a culmination of his life’s work: to portray the integral role of deception in the history and practice of psychiatry. Szasz argues that the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness stands in the same relationship to the diagnosis and treatment of bodily illness that the forgery of a painting does

Insanity

Insanity
  • Author : Thomas Szasz
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release Date : 1997-04-01
  • ISBN : 0815604602
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Is insanity a myth? Does it exist merely to keep psychiatrists in business? In Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences, Dr. Szasz challenges the way both science and society define insanity; in the process, he helps us better understand this often misunderstood condition. Dr. Szasz presents a carefully crafted account of the insanity concept and shows how it relates to and differs from three closely allied ideas—bodily illness, social deviance, and the sick role.

The Myth of the Chemical Cure

The Myth of the Chemical Cure
  • Author : J. Moncrieff
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-04-13
  • ISBN : 9780230589445
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This book overturns the idea that psychiatric drugs work by correcting chemical imbalance and analyzes the professional, commercial and political vested interests that have shaped this view. It provides a comprehensive critique of research on drugs including antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers.

Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Author : Matthew Broome,Lisa Bortolotti
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-05-14
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105124184669
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'Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience' is a philosophical analysis of the study of psychpathology, considering how cognitive neuroscience has been applied in psychiatry. The text examines many neuroscientific methods, such as neuroimaging, and a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, and schizophrenia.

The Myth of Normal

The Myth of Normal
  • Author : Gabor Maté
  • Publisher : Vermilion
  • Release Date : 2022-09-15
  • ISBN : 1785042726
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We tend to believe that normality equals health. Yet what is the norm in the Western world? Mental illness is on an unstoppable rise. Some 45% of Europeans suffer high blood pressure, and nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. Illness and trauma are defining how we live. In his new masterpiece, renowned physician, addiction expert and author Gabor Mate dissects the underlying causes of this malaise - physical and emotional, and connects the dots between our personal suffering