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The Mind and its Discontents : An Essay in Discursive Psychiatry - Grant Gillett

The Mind and its Discontents

An Essay in Discursive Psychiatry

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Published: 1st July 1999
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Grant Gillett argues that to understand mental illness fully requires more than a study of biological models of mental processes and pathologies. As intensely social animals, he argues, we need to look for the causes of human mental disorders in our interactions with others; in social rule-following and its role in the organization of mental content; in the power relations embedded within social structures and cultural norms; in the way that our mental life is inscribed by a cumulative life of encounters with others. Gillett uses material arising in the study of philosophy of mind, epistemology, post-modern continental philosophy, and philosophy of language to try to elucidate the nature of psychiatric phenomena involving disorders of thought, perception, emotion, moral sense, and action. Within this framework, a series of chapters analyse important psychiatric disorders such as depression, attention deficiency, autism, schizophrenia, and anorexia. Along the way, Gillett explores the nature of memory and identity; of hysteria and what constitutes rational behaviour; and of what causes us to label someone a psychopath or deviant. This fascinating book will provide readers with important insights into the causes and nature of psychosis. In addition, Gillett's arguments have considerable implications for the way in which we understand and treat people suffering from psychiatric disorders. The Mind and its Discontents will be read by researchers and postgraduate students in a range of academic areas, including psychiatry, bioethics, philosophy of mind, social theory, and clinical psychology. It will also be of considerable interest to practising psychiatrists.

Preface 1: Mind, brain, and psychiatry 2: Psychiatric categorization 3: The treatment of aliens 4: The depths of self: Consciousness and the unconscious 5: Thought in disarray 6: The black dog and the fire 7: Fidgets 8: I and the other robots 9: Moral insanity 10: `Call me Legion, for we are many' 11: I eat therefore I am not 12: The meaning of hysteria 13: The psychopathologies of each are the psychopathologies of all 14: Concluding autobiographical postscript Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198523130
ISBN-10: 0198523130
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 1st July 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.89