This resource involves an attempt to rethink some of the fundamental assumptions of mental health work, showing how recent developments in philosophy and ethics can help to clarify some of the dilemmas and conflicts around different understandings of madness. Throughout, the authors examine the conflicting ways in which politicians, academics, and mental health professionals appear to understand madness, and contrast this with voices and experiences that are usually excluded - those of the people who use mental health services.
Table of Contents
- Fictional Narrative: Doing their best
- 1 Values, evidence, conflict
- 2 What counts as evidence?
- Fictional Narrative: The miracle drug
- 3 The battle for acceptance: Defining the relationship between medicine and the world of madness and distress
- Fictional Narrative: The ring
- 4 Foregrounding contexts: What kinds of understanding are appropriate in the world of mental illness?
- Fictional Narrative: Losing Peter
- 5 Mind, language, and meaning
- Fictional Narrative: Beetles
- 6 Ethics before technology: Is ‘treatment’ the best way to think about mental health work?
- 7 Narrative and the ethics of representation
- 8 Meaning and recovery
- 9 Citizenship and the politics of identity
- 10 Are you local?: Responding to the challenge of globalization in mental health
- Fictional Narrative: The veil