Edition 5

Manic depression; social understanding of children; and more

The human touch

You Don’t Have to be Famous to have Manic Depression: The Insiders Guide to Mental Health
Jeremy Thomas & Tony Hughes
London: Penguin; 2006;
Pb £12.99...

Is 'normalising' self-harm a bad idea?

Is there harm in raising awareness??
Students are often targeted by health campaigns. The most recent problem to fall into the spotlight is self-harm, with some newspaper reports (see...

Richard Kwiatkowski interviews Peter Saville

Misdiagnosed as having ‘chronic depression’ by the psychiatric establishment; he almost died while having ECT. Described by the Financial Times as one of the ‘rebels’ in a boardroom battle, he...

Dave Harper, John Cromby, Paula Reavey, Anne Cooke and Jill Anderson with some pointers

Don’t jump ship!
New approaches in teaching mental health to undergraduates
We hope that the articles in this special issue have convinced you of the need to move beyond diagnosis....

Rufus May on rethinking 'sanity', within a community psychology approach

Working outside the diagnostic frame
We cannot abandon the injured or the maimed, thinking to ensure our own safety and sanity. We must reclaim them, as they are part of ourselves.

Peter Campbell with a service-user's perspective on the impact of diagnosis

Psychiatric understandings dominate our view of mental illness. This has not always been so. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that psychiatrists wrested control of asylums away from lay...

Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff dismantles the foundations of her profession.

Diagnosis and drug treatment
The institution of psychiatry is built on two assumptions: that mental distress and deviant behaviour arise from biological abnormalities, and that biological...

Mary Boyle on why we are still diagnosing, and the pitfalls. Also Richard P. Bentall shows that if you get to the bottom of the symptoms, there is no 'disorder' left to explain

The problem with diagnosis
Psychiatric diagnosis is fundamental to psychology not practising what it preaches. The idea that diagnosis identifies mental disorders which may become objects of...

John Cromby, Dave Harper and Paula Reavey introduce the special issue

Moving beyond diagnosis:
Practising what we preach
Despite years of well-founded criticism, psychiatric diagnosis is still widely used – not only by psychiatrists, but psychologists...

Susan Cartwright and Cary L. Cooper on causes and possible solutions

Despite the potential pressures of long hours, tight deadlines and performance targets, many aspire to the status and rewards of a job in the City of London. But perhaps few job applicants would...