About Issues in Mental Health
This book addresses
the difficult issue of delivery of mental health services to seriously
mentally ill individuals who may resist or not see the need for such
It offers straightforward, common-sense strategies for engaging
in their treatment rather than imposing treatment on them. It is
based both upon the personal experiences of the author as a sibling of
someone diagnosed with schizophrenia and his expertise as a leading
on the issue of insight and awareness.
Every family in the land:Understanding prejudice & discrimination
people w/ mental illnesses. Society of Medicine,2004.
This book, which was
part of the “Changing Minds” campaign, contains 90 articles related to
the experience of mental illness, including personal perspectives of
living with psychiatric disorders, chapters on stigmatization,
and mental disorder, law and mental illness, and spirituality and
illness. It also contains descriptions of campaigns intended to
discrimination and stigma, including the “Changing Minds” campaign.
Paul & Tasman, Alan (Editors). Stigma and Mental Illness.
D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1992.
This book contains a series of papers that came out
a 1989 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, the theme of
was "Overcoming Stigma." The papers discuss societal, historical, and
issues of stigma and include narratives from people with mental
This is a comprehensive history of the treatment of
the mentally ill in America. It begins with a look at Colonial America,
to the development of mental hospitals to deinstitutionalization, and
finally to community care. He also traces the changes in the
psychiatric profession during this time, and concludes with a
discussion of how there are still many mentally ill people who have not
found help, but who need it.
Kay Redfield. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide.
New York: Random House, 1999.
Kay Jamison, author of the national
bestseller, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir
of Moods and
Madness, examines the phenomenon of suicide. Dr. Jamison uses
data and powerful
examples to convincingly demonstrate how suicide represents the
loss of thousands of
lives each year. She discusses factors--biological, psychiatric,
and sociocultural--that contribute to
suicide and points out the remarkable lack of attention currently given
to this common killer.
Kay Redfield. Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness & the
Artistic Temperament. Simon & Schuster, 1993.
of a best-selling account of her own manic-depressive illness
and co-author of a
well-respected medical text on the illness, Dr. Jamison tackles the
of the possible
relationship between manic-depressive illness and artistic
She provides both reviews of
the research and theoretical literature on this topic and examples of
with apparent manic-depressive tendencies.
Ann Braden. Out of Bedlam: The Truth About Deinstitutionalization.
York: Harper Collins, 1990.
The author, a clinical social worker, describes the
of deinstitutionalization and the forces that shaped it. She also
the fragmentation and resultant inefficiencies of the current mental
system that allows people with severe mental illnesses to fall through
J.L. Psychiatric Malpractice: Stories of Patients, Psychiatrists,
the Law. N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1996.
Mr. Kelly, who is both a lawyer and a person who has
himself experienced mental illness, outlines clearly the rules and
that define psychiatric malpractice and provides delatiled accounts of
actual court cases where malpractice was at issue. These cases are both
interesting in themselves, sometimes involving surprising outcomes, and
help to make clearer the principles of malpractice that Kelly
Developed countries have made a major shift in the focus of care for
mentally ill people from mental hospitals to community care; however,
the individuals are not being fully integrated into their communities
partly due to their diagnoses and partly due to the stigmatizing and
discriminating attitudes of the public. This book analyzes these
barriers and suggests ways of dismantling them.
This book explores the nature of mental illness focusing on
Schizophrenia, major depression, and manic depression. It provides
family members with tools to overcome the devastating effects on their
Lay My Burden Down:Unraveling Suicide&Mental Health
Crisis Among African-Americans. Beacon
This book is
unique in its focus on the neglected mental health needs of
one particular group--African-Americans. The authors of this book,
note the dramatic, but unattended, increase in suicide among African-Americans in
and suggest that high
incidences of substance abuse, crime,
and HIV among African-Americans
be seen as manifestations of suicidal/self-destructive
explore broadly how the current
mental health system has inadequately
identified and responded to the
health needs of African-Americans, and they identify ways that care can be
E. Fuller. Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness
Crisis. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
Torrey, a well-known
researcher and spokesperson on issues
related to schizophrenia, writes about the failures of care that have
to increasing numbers of people with serious mental illnesses in
or homeless on the streets.
This book reports the results of
a national survey in which mental health consumers were asked about
their personal experiences of stigma
and discrimiation. Consumers tell, in their own words, how they
themselves avoided, rejected, and turned down for jobs, housing, and
opportunities. They also discuss the impact of hearing and seeing
themselves depicted in negative ways and talk about how they have coped
with stigma. For more information about the book, click on the
America shows how medical therapy has been used to silence
patients and dull their minds, and how drug companies have skewed the
results of their studies in an effort to prove the effectiveness of the
drug. Whitaker raises important questions about our obligations to the
mad, what it means to be insane, and what we value most about the human