Critical Psychiatry

Controversies and Clinical Implications

  • Sandra Steingard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Joanna Moncrieff, Sandra Steingard
    Pages 1-15
  3. Swapnil Gupta, Rebecca Miller
    Pages 137-153
  4. Nicolas Badre, Shawn S. Barnes, David Lehman, Sandra Steingard
    Pages 155-177
  5. Emily Sheera Cutler
    Pages 179-206
  6. Sandra Steingard
    Pages 207-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-225

About this book


This book is a guide for psychiatrists struggling to incorporate transformational strategies into their clinical work.  The book begins with an overview of the concept of critical psychiatry before focusing its analytic lens on the DSM diagnostic system, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry, the crucial distinction between drug-centered and disease-centered approaches to pharmacotherapy, the concept of “de-prescribing,” coercion in psychiatric practice, and a range of other issues that constitute the targets of contemporary critiques of psychiatric theory and practice.  Written by experts in each topic, this is the first book to explicate what has come to be called critical psychiatry from an unbiased and clinically relevant perspective.


Critical Psychiatry is an excellent, practical resource for clinicians seeking a solid foundation in the contemporary controversies within the field. General and forensic psychiatrists; family physicians, internists, and pediatricians who treat psychiatric patients; and mental health clinicians outside of medicine will all benefit from its conceptual insights and concrete advice.


De-perscribing Competency Lived experienced Pharmaceutical influence Coercion

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Steingard
    • 1
  1. 1.Howard CenterBurlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02731-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02732-2
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