The Medicalisation of Everyday Life: A Critical Perspective

Barbara Fawcett, Zita Weber, Helen Bannister

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This is timely new book examines the generally accepted understanding of the theory and practice of mental health. Drawing on historical and contemporary practices, it critically explores the concept of mental illness and how it is treated, the integration of health and social care, and providing a person-centred approach. As well as tackling more general aspects, such as how we categorise mental health and the contemporary practice around medication and treatment alternatives, it also focusses on specific areas currently labelled ‘mental illness’, including depression, anxiety, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), autistic spectrum disorder, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Final chapters address the evidence for the effectiveness of psychopharmacology and the place of placebos in research and treatment, the importance of cultural sensitivity in a globalised world and the possibilities for the future practice in mental health services. The importance of non-medical alternative therapies and the incorporation of consumer perspectives in mental health service practice are highlighted throughout as a means of strengthening the experience of mental health service delivery for mental health professionals and consumers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages185
ISBN (Print)9781352008272, 9781352008289
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2020


  • mental health
  • deconstruction
  • future practice


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