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What Is Mental Illness?

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According to a major health survey, nearly half of all Americans have been mentally ill at some point in their lives -- more than a quarter in the last year. Can this be true? What exactly does it mean, anyway? What's a disorder, and what's just a struggle with real life? This lucid and incisive book cuts through both professional jargon and polemical hot air, to describe ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Belknap Press
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Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
There are two extreme views of mental illness and they are found in different cultures. On one end of the spectrum there are countries like Bangladesh, where mental illness is something to be deeply ashamed of. People there are loathe to admit they have any sort of psychological disorders because such an admission would imply they are raving lunatics who deserve to be shut away in an asylum. On the other end of the spectrum are countries like the United States, where mental disorders are frequen ...more
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Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I know and like the author.

Just in time for the DSM-V (ETA 2013) Rich McNally presents an erudite analysis of issues of definition and classification of mental illness. The level of scholarship is very high as he takes on Wakefield's harmful dysfunction analysis of mental disorder, the question of whether personality disorders should be rated dimensionally rather than categorically, whether molecular genetics research is shedding light on subtyping of schizophrenia, how cultures shap
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Science For The People
Featured on Skeptically Speaking show #116 on June 12, 2011, during an interview with author Richard McNally. http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/episode... ...more
Patsy
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very informative book about a lot of different aspects of mental illness. I found it very interesting.
The Distracted Bee
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Psychology students
I'm personally giving this book 3 stars because it was very heavy on the science side, and more textbook-like than I had hoped.

Also, even though it's only 6 years old, a lot of the information is quite dated! In the mental illness arena, there's still so much to discover. I found the first few chapters helpful in identifying certain illnesses, but was frustrated at what limited information there was. McNally focuses on the inability of the DSM-IV to qualify diagnoses, and I wonder what he thinks
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Julian Meynell
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, psychology
This is an interesting book, which is an exploration of what mental illness is from a psychological instead of a philosophical perspective, although it is informed by that. It covers off the ground well and various approaches. In the end it does not really answer the question it poses, which is fare enough. A good and thoughtful book, but even though it is really meant to be a substantive book, ends up reading more like a survey.
The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic
WHERE DOES PSYCHOLOGICAL health end and mental illness begin? This is the question that Richard J. McNally, a Harvard psychologist, asks in his new book. Should we worry about the sanity of the author for assigning himself this thankless task?Read more... ...more
Caitlin
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book for people who are inclined to look at mental illness through a sociologist's or biologist's eyes. Book reads a little slow through the middle but ends well. ...more
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