1. What Is Critical Psychiatry?
2. Toward Conceptual Competence in Psychiatric Diagnosis: An Ecological Model for Critiques of the DSM
3. The Influence of Pharmaceutical Companies and Restoring Integrity to Psychiatric Research and Practice
4. An Alternative Approach to Drug Treatment in Psychiatry
5. Clinical Implications of the Drug-Centered Approach
6. Deprescribing and Its Application to Psychiatry
7. Coercion and the Critical Psychiatrist
8. Listening to Those with Lived Experience
9. A Path to the Future for Psychiatry
This book is a guide for psychiatrists struggling to incorporate transformational strategies into their clinical work. The book begins with an overview of the concept of critical psychiatry before focusing its analytic lens on the DSM diagnostic system, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry, the crucial distinction between drug-centered and disease-centered approaches to pharmacotherapy, the concept of “de-prescribing,” coercion in psychiatric practice, and a range of other issues that constitute the targets of contemporary critiques of psychiatric theory and practice. Written by experts in each topic, this is the first book to explicate what has come to be called critical psychiatry from an unbiased and clinically relevant perspective.
Critical Psychiatry is an excellent, practical resource for clinicians seeking a solid foundation in the contemporary controversies within the field. General and forensic psychiatrists; family physicians, internists, and pediatricians who treat psychiatric patients; and mental health clinicians outside of medicine will all benefit from its conceptual insights and concrete advice.
• The only current guide to critical psychiatry designed for mental health physicians
• Presents strategies for ethical and clinical solutions
• Written by experts in the field