Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis? This book will help you to decide. A revolution is underway in mental health. If the authors of the diagnostic manuals are admitting that psychiatric diagnoses are not supported by evidence, then no one should be forced to accept them. If many mental health workers are openly questioning diagnosis and saying we need a different and better system, then service users and carers should be allowed to do so too. This book is about choice. It is about giving people the information to make up their own minds, and exploring alternatives for those who wish to do so.
Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013) along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of the 'Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation' (Division of Clinical Psychology 2011.) She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years and is currently based in a service in Wales. She is an experienced conference speaker, lecturer and trainer.
Series introduction by Richard Bentall and Pete Sanders 1. What this book aims to do 2. Psychiatric diagnosis: The current context 3. What are the problems with psychiatric diagnosis? 4. For and against psychiatric diagnosis in more detail 5. The wider impact of psychiatric diagnosis 6. The personal impact of psychiatric diagnosis 7. An alternative to psychiatric diagnosis - Finding your own story 8. Personal stories 9. Next steps in developing a personal story