A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems (Straight Talking Introductions)

A Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems (Straight Talking Introductions)

By: John Read (author), Pete Sanders (author)Paperback

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A pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health. The causes of mental health problems are often more complicated than we would like. This book presents straightforward summaries of the history, theories and research about the various possible causes. Because there is no single convenient answer to the questions explored in this book, competing viewpoints are presented. Readers are encouraged to focus on what fits best with their own experience and decide what might be most helpful. Rather than accept that solutions to mental health problems are owned by the medical professions, these books look at alternatives and provide information so that the users of psychiatric services, their families and carers can make more decisions about their own lives.

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Dr John Read worked in the UK and USA for 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services. He then joined the Psychology Department of the University of Aukland, New Zealand in 1994. He is co-editor (with Loren Mosher and Richard Bentall) of 'Models of Madness': Psychological, social and biological approaches to schizophrenia (Routledge, 2004)and founding editor editor the research journal 'Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches'. Pete Sanders worked as a nursing assistant in mental hospitals in the 1906s and 70s before and during completing his psychology degree. His life and career as a counsellor, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor have been influenced more by those early work experiences than any subsequent qualification. He is a trustee of Soteria Network UK.


Introduction 1. Our beliefs and motives 2. A brief history of causal beliefs 3. The twentieth century and beyond: The illness approach 4. Can we understand causes through diagnosis and labels? 5. Public opinion: Depression is caused by depressing things happening 6. Is the public right? What the research says about the causes of mental health problems 7. Psychological theories: How events operate on us to create problems (A) Psychodynamic (B) Attachment Theory (C) Learning Theory (D) Social Learning Theory (E) Humanistic (F) Cognitive 8. An example: Formulating depression 9. Keep thinking (and feeling) about the causes of mental health problems

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/11/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781906254193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 165
  • ID: 9781906254193
  • weight: 136
  • ISBN10: 1906254192

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