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Creating Mental Illness - 02 edition

by Allan V. Horwitz

Creating Mental Illness (ISBN10: 0226353826; ISBN13: 9780226353821)
ISBN13: 978-0226353821
ISBN10: 0226353826

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0226353814
ISBN10: 0226353818

Summary: In this timely and provocative critique of modern psychiatry, Allan V. Horwitz examines current conceptions of mental illness as a disease. He argues that this notion fits only a small number of serious psychological conditions, and that most conditions currently regarded as mental illness are cultural constructions, normal reactions to stressful social circumstances, or simply forms of deviant behavior. According to Horwitz, the formulation of mental illness as dise ...show morease benefits various interest groups, including mental health researchers and clinicians, prescriptive drug manufacturers, and mental health advocacy groups, all of whom promote disease-based models. Presenting case studies in maladies such as hysteria, multiple personality disorder, and depression, he examines the major causes and treatments of mental illness, paying special attention to the use of pharmaceuticals. While biologically based causes and treatments fit some of the entities formulated, Horwitz finds that more often than not, social responses offer far more suitable remedies. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 02
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 09/01/2003
International: No

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