by Richard P Bentall - £12.99 Penguin (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780140275407 | ISBN 10: 0140275401
Is madness purely a medical condition that can be treated with drugs? Is there really a clear dividing line between mental health and mental illness - or is it not so easy to classify who is sane and who is insane? This book shatters the modern myths that surround psychosis. It argues that we cannot define madness as an illness to be cured like any other; that labels such as "schizophrenia" and "manic depression" are meaningless, based on nineteenth century classifications; and that experiences such as delusions and hearing voices are in fact exaggerations of the mental foibles to which we are all vulnerable.
"Bentall demystifies psychosis and restores the patient to a proper place with the rest of humankind"
(Aaron T Beck)
(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)