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Critical Psychiatry

The Limits of Madness

  • D. B. Double

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. Anti-psychiatry and Critical Psychiatry in Retrospect

  4. The Prospect of Critical Psychiatry

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-251

About this book


Psychiatry is increasingly dominated by the reductionist claim that mental illness is caused by neurobiological abnormalities. Critical psychiatry disagrees with this and proposes a more ethical foundation for practice. This book describes an original framework for renewing mental health services in alliance with people with mental health problems.


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Editors and affiliations

  • D. B. Double
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East AngliaJapan

About the editors

PAT BRACKEN Clinical Director of the West Cork Mental Health Services, Ireland JOHN HEATON Psychotherapist in the UK and one-time colleague of R.D. Laing DAVID INGLEBY Professor of Intercultural Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands TERRY LYNCH Medical Practitioner and Psychotherapist in Limerick, Republic of Ireland LUCY JOHNSTONE Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of the West of England, UK JOANNA MONCRIEFF Senior Lecturer in Social and Community Psychiatry, University College London, UK SHULAMIT RAMON Professor of Interprofessional Health and Social Studies, Anglia Polytechnic University, UK PHILIP THOMAS Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Citizenship and Community Mental Health, University of Bradford, UK SAMI TIMIMI Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust, UK.

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'This is a classic work that everyone working in mental health should read. Even if you don't agree with what the authors say, it will certainly encourage you to think - critically.' - Mental Health Today