Mental Health User Narratives

New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery

Authors: Cohen, Bruce

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Following extensive research in the UK, Bruce Cohen allows mental health users to tell their own stories (or 'narratives') of illness and recovery. Institutional and home treatment care is covered alongside controversial self-coping techniques such as drug-taking, spiritualism, alternative healing, sleep and watching television.

About the authors

BRUCE COHEN is a Research Fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He has previously researched mental health communities in Teesside and Bradford, publishing articles in the Psychiatric Bulletin and Science, Discourse and Mind. He has been awarded Research Scholarships to work in Australia and Germany, and is currently researching migrant youth in Berlin.

Reviews

"Bruce Cohen offers innovative views about the value and impact of considering mental health services from users' perspectives." - British Journal of Psychology

"... very interesting, well researched and respectful of the service-user voice." - Psychiatric Bulletin

" an engaging critical study of the development and treatments of mental illnesses, which successfully demonstrates both the importance and relevance of social scientific approaches to the study of this area of medicine." - Medical Sociology Online

"In Mental Health User Narratives Cohen places the real experts on mental health problems centre stage. The subjective experience of people who use mental health services has been largely ignored, by researchers and clinicians, for as long as the 'medical model' has been dominant. This book provides a refreshing antidote to the bizarre notion that we can understand people's emotional pain by counting 'symptoms' and applying a diagnostic label. This is a must read for all involved in mental health services and research." -Professor John Read, University of Liverpool


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-5

    Cohen, Bruce M. Z.

  • Mental Illness and Psychiatry

    Pages 6-31

    Cohen, Bruce M. Z.

  • Narratives

    Pages 32-59

    Cohen, Bruce M. Z.

  • Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment

    Pages 60-76

    Cohen, Bruce M. Z.

  • Methods

    Pages 77-89

    Cohen, Bruce M. Z.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mental Health User Narratives
Book Subtitle
New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-59396-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230593961
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4536-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52297-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-48750-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 211
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