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Speaking our minds : an anthology of personal experiences of mental distress and its consequences

Author: Jim Read; Jill Reynolds
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this wide-ranging collection, people who have experienced mental distress provide first-hand accounts of their treatments, life in mental institutions and in the community, self-help methods, and their work to improve mental health services.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Read; Jill Reynolds
ISBN: 0333678508 9780333678503 0333678494 9780333678497
OCLC Number: 505366504
Description: xviii, 216 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction.- PART ONE: EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AND ITS CAUSES.- Introduction.- Agoraphobia: Letting Go; P. Mason.- Afraid to Live and Afraid to Die; R.B. A Survival Story; P. Bremner.- Silent Scream; M. Ross.- Finger Pickin' Good; L. Thorn Thro' a Glass Darkly; 'a Psychiatric Nurse' I've Lost My Innocence; Nicki The Pressure of Being a Human Chameleon; V. el Khalifa.- Unplanned Journey; D. Friel McGowin.- PART TWO: PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT.- Introduction.- Two Accounts of Mental Distress; M. O'Hagan Mania; B.- Howard Schizophrenia From the Inside; R. Jameson Challenging Loss of Power; P. Campbell ECT is Barbaric; L. Taylor.- Choosing ECT; R. Perkins The Right to be Informed; C.McIntosh.- Prozac Really isn't That Great; E. Wurtzel.- PART THREE: LIFE AS AN IN-PATIENT.- Introduction.- Thunk Among the Jolly Bunks; L. Irvine Ward; M. O'Higgins.- Why We Run for Cover; Anon. By Definition; W. Lindsay.- Therapy Room; W. Lewis.- Stay Calm and Charm Them; L. Hart I Wanted to Scream and Shout; J. Laing.- An Utter Disaster; K.H. Label Removed but Scar Remains; J. Bell.- PART FOUR: MOVING INTO THE COMMUNITY.- Introduction.- Jane Writing from the Pastures: Paying the Penalty, I Can Get About, There's Nothing You Can Do; Anon. Don't Go Back; W. Lindsay.- The Sanctuary in North London; M. Henderson A Second Chance for Life; J. Tugwell.- Clive Alienation; J. Meredith Nutter to Normal; J. Read A Comparative Study of Application Forms for Housing Benefit and an American Express Card; P. Good.- PART FIVE: THERAPY AND SELF HELP.- Introduction.- Time, Faith and Encouragement; R. Caplin.- Healing Through Creativity; C. Hambrook Obsessed; M. Sangster Neurotics at War; D. Wigoder.- One-To-One; Margery Reflections on Therapy; B. Taylor Eleventh Contributor; L. Pembroke.- PART SIX: WORKING FOR CHANGE.- Introduction.- What We Want From Mental Health Services; J. Read What Users Want From Mental Health Crisis Services; P. Campbell Now is Your Chance to Help Undo Some Wrongs; V. Lindow Becoming Fully Ourselves; J. Wallcraft.- We Can Still Find a Way to be Heard; S. King Listening in the Asylum; M. Nettle Who Do You Represent?.- Shaking Hands with the Devil; Beeforth Having Space to Talk and Think; T. Simpson.- What Has Disability got to do with Psychiatric Survivors?; P. Beresford, G. Gifford and C. Harrison.
Responsibility: edited by Jim Read and Jill Reynolds.

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