Critical Psychiatry and Mad Studies

Books exploring madness, mental health, psychiatry, and anti-psychiatry from historical, sociological, first-person, and scientific perspectives.
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message 1: by jo (new)

jo from the Fresh Air interview, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America should definitely NOT be in this list. it is the very opposite of mad studies. i empathize with the author, who lost a son to suicide and is struggling in his relation to his other son, but his stance is most definitely pro medication and pro institutionalization, forced if necessary.


message 2: by Ryan (new)

Ryan jo wrote: "from the Fresh Air interview, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America should definitely NOT be in this list. it is the very opposite of..."


Hello! I absolutely understand your concerns and really happy you said something. Actually, many of these books include pro-psychiatric beliefs. The point of this list isn't just to capture solely pro- or anti-psychiatry views -- it's meant to provide a diverse range of attitudes that complicate how we think about the discipline.


message 3: by jo (new)

jo Ryan wrote: "jo wrote: "from the Fresh Air interview, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America should definitely NOT be in this list. it is the very ..."

gotcha. the title of the list though may be misleading. this book's criticism of psychiatry is, well, regressive?


message 4: by Ryan (new)

Ryan It's actually in part why I included it -- got to know what's being said in popular science and what's making headlines re: psychiatry!


message 5: by jo (new)

jo Ryan wrote: "It's actually in part why I included it -- got to know what's being said in popular science and what's making headlines re: psychiatry!"

yeah. ugh. one doesn't need to read this book though. it's the mainstream thought, and it doesn't match the list's title. but: your list, your books. :)


message 6: by Ryan (new)

Ryan jo wrote: "Ryan wrote: "It's actually in part why I included it -- got to know what's being said in popular science and what's making headlines re: psychiatry!"

yeah. ugh. one doesn't need to read this book ..."


Don't worry, it's at the bottom of my reading list :P Thanks so much for your input!


message 7: by jo (new)

jo Ryan wrote: "jo wrote: "Ryan wrote: "It's actually in part why I included it -- got to know what's being said in popular science and what's making headlines re: psychiatry!"

yeah. ugh. one doesn't need to read..."


thanks for engaging.


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