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The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness Book
Author : Thomas S. Szasz
Publisher : Harper Perennial
Release : 2010-02-23
ISBN : 9780061771224
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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50th Anniversary Edition With a New Preface and Two Bonus Essays The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all aspects of modern life.

The Myth of Mental Illness Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct

The Myth of Mental Illness  Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
Release : 1974
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Now available in a Harper Colophon edition, this classic book has revolutionized thinking throughout the Western world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. Book jacket.

The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1960
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Myth of Mental Illness Foundations of Personal Conduct

The Myth of Mental Illness  Foundations of Personal Conduct Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1974
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Thomas Szasz on The Myth of Mental Illness

Thomas Szasz on The Myth of Mental Illness Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2019
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Psychiatrist and social critic Thomas Szasz unsettled the psychiatric establishment in the 1960's, challenging its foundational notions around normalcy, mental illness and treatment. By watching this pair of riveting interviews, Dr. Szasz will challenge you to explore and question your own cherished beliefs around diagnosis, psychotherapy and freedom; deepening your empathy for even the most challenging clients.

The myth of mental illness

The myth of mental illness Book
Author : Thomas S. Szasz
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1974
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness Book
Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
Release : 1974
ISBN : 9780060803308
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Psychiatrie.

The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1961
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness Book
Author : Thomas S. Szasz M.D.
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1961
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Myth of Psychotherapy

The Myth of Psychotherapy Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release : 2015-02-01
ISBN : 0815603134
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This intriguing book undercuts everything you thought you knew about psychotherapy.

A Lexicon of Lunacy

A Lexicon of Lunacy Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Transaction Pub
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9780765805065
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Thomas Szasz is renowned for his critical exploration of the literal language of psychiatry and his rejection of officially sanctioned definitions of mental illness. His work has initiated a continuing debate in the psychiatric community whose essence is often misunderstood. Szasz's critique of the established view of mental illness is rooted in an insistent distinction between disease and behavior. In his view, psychiatrists have misapplied the vocabulary of disease as metaphorical figures to denote a range of deviant behaviors from the merely eccentric to the criminal. In A Lexicon of Lunacy, Szasz extends his analysis of psychiatric language to show how its misuse has resulted in a medicalized view of life that denies the reality of free will and responsibility. Szasz documents the extraordinary extent to which modern diagnosis of mental illness is subject to shifting social attitudes and values. He shows how economic, personal, legal, and political factors have come to play an increasingly powerful role in the diagnostic process, with consequences of blurring the distinction between cultural and scientific standards. Broadened definitions of mental illness have had a corrosive effect on the criminal justice system in undercutting traditional conceptions of criminal behavior and have encouraged state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow special privileges (and impose special hardships) on persons diagnosed as mentally ill. Lucidly written and powerfully argued, and now available in paperback, this provocative and challenging volume will be of interest to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists. "No one attacks loose-thinking and folly with half the precision and zest of Thomas Szasz. Another good book in an impressive canon."--John Leo, U.S. News & World Report Thomas Szasz is professor of psychiatry emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, Washington, D.C. He is the author of over two dozen books in fifteen languages, including The Myth of Mental Illness, Pharmacracy: Medicine and Politics in America, and most recently Liberation by Oppression, also published by Transaction.

Coercion as Cure

Coercion as Cure Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
Release : 2011-12-31
ISBN : 1412808952
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Understanding the history of psychiatry requires an accurate view of its function and purpose. In this provocative new study, Szasz challenges conventional beliefs about psychiatry. He asserts that, in fact, psychiatrists are not concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of bona fide illnesses. Psychiatric tradition, social expectation, and the law make it clear that coercion is the profession's determining characteristic. Psychiatrists may "diagnose" or "treat" people without their consent or even against their clearly expressed wishes, and these involuntary psychiatric interventions are as different as are sexual relations between consenting adults and the sexual violence we call "rape." But the point is not merely the difference between coerced and consensual psychiatry, but to contrast them. The term "psychiatry" ought to be applied to one or the other, but not both. As long as psychiatrists and society refuse to recognize this, there can be no real psychiatric historiography. The coercive character of psychiatry was more apparent in the past than it is now. Then, insanity was synonymous with unfitness for liberty. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, a new type of psychiatric relationship developed, when people experiencing so-called "nervous symptoms," sought help. This led to a distinction between two kinds of mental diseases: neuroses and psychoses. Persons who complained about their own behavior were classified as neurotic, whereas persons about whose behavior others complained were classified as psychotic. The legal, medical, psychiatric, and social denial of this simple distinction and its far-reaching implications undergirds the house of cards that is modern psychiatry. Coercion as Cure is the most important book by Szasz since his landmark The Myth of Mental Illness.

Antipsychiatry

Antipsychiatry Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release : 2009-09-08
ISBN : 0815651317
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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More than fifty years ago, Thomas Szasz showed that the concept of mental illness—a disease of the mind—is an oxymoron, a metaphor, a myth. Disease, in the medical sense, affects only the body. He also demonstrated that civil commitment and the insanity defense, the paradigmatic practices of psychiatry, are incompatible with the political values of personal responsibility and individual liberty. The psychiatric establishment’s rejection of Szasz’s critique posed no danger to his work: its defense of coercions and excuses as "therapy" supported his argument regarding the metaphorical nature of mental illness and the transparent immorality of brutal psychiatric control masquerading as humane medical care.

Thomas S Szasz

Thomas S  Szasz Book
Author : Jeffrey A. Schaler,Henry Zvi Lothane,Richard E. Vatz
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2017-09-08
ISBN : 1351295020
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As it entered the 1960s, American institutional psychiatry was thriving, with a high percentage of medical students choosing the field. But after Thomas S. Szasz published his masterwork in 1961, The Myth of Mental Illness, the psychiatric world was thrown into chaos. Szasz enlightened the world about what he called the “myth of mental illness.” His point was not that no one is mentally ill, or that people labeled as mentally ill do not exist. Instead he believed that diagnosing people as mentally ill was inconsistent with the rules governing pathology and the classification of disease. He asserted that the diagnosis of mental illness is a type of social control, not medical science. The editors were uniquely close to Szasz, and here they gather, for the first time, a group of their peers—experts on psychiatry, psychology, rhetoric, and semiotics—to elucidate Szasz’s body of work. Thomas S. Szasz: The Man and His Ideas examines his work and legacy, including new material on the man himself and the seeds he planted. They discuss Szasz’s impact on their thinking about the distinction between physical and mental illness, addiction, the insanity plea, schizophrenia, and implications for individual freedom and responsibility. This important volume offers insight into and understanding of a man whose ideas were far beyond his time.

The Manufacture of Madness

The Manufacture of Madness Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release : 1997-04-01
ISBN : 9780815604617
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show “that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led.”

Psychiatry

Psychiatry Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release : 2019-02-28
ISBN : 0815650442
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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For more than half a century, Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to a radical critique of psychiatry. His latest work, Psychiatry: The Science of Lies, is a culmination of his life’s work: to portray the integral role of deception in the history and practice of psychiatry. Szasz argues that the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness stands in the same relationship to the diagnosis and treatment of bodily illness that the forgery of a painting does to the original masterpiece. Art historians and the legal system seek to distinguish forgeries from originals. Those concerned with medicine, on the other hand—physicians, patients, politicians, health insurance providers, and legal professionals—take the opposite stance when faced with the challenge of distinguishing everyday problems in living from bodily diseases, systematically authenticating nondiseases as diseases. The boundary between disease and nondisease—genuine and imitation, truth and falsehood—thus becomes arbitrary and uncertain. There is neither glory nor profit in correctly demarcating what counts as medical illness and medical healing from what does not. Individuals and families wishing to protect themselves from medically and politically authenticated charlatanry are left to their own intellectual and moral resources to make critical decisions about human dilemmas miscategorized as "mental diseases" and about medicalized responses misidentified as "psychiatric treatments." Delivering his sophisticated analysis in lucid prose and with a sharp wit, Szasz continues to engage and challenge readers of all backgrounds.

The Meaning of Mind

The Meaning of Mind Book
Author : Thomas Szasz,L. Stanley
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Release : 1996
ISBN : 9780275956035
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Classically controversial Szasz here challenges "modern" science's attempts to define the human mind as merely a collection of brain functions. Thomas Sazsz is Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center. He is the author of 23 books, among them the classic, The Myth of Mental Illness.

Suicide Prohibition

Suicide Prohibition Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release : 2011-10-12
ISBN : 0815650760
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In Western thought, suicide has evolved from sin to sin–and–crime, to crime, to mental illness, and to semilegal act. A legal act is one we are free to think and speak about and plan and perform, without penalty by agents of the state. While dying voluntarily is ostensibly legal, suicide attempts and even suicidal thoughts are routinely punished by incarceration in a psychiatric institution. Although many people believe the prevention of suicide is one of the duties the modern state owes its citizens, Szasz argues that suicide is a basic human right and that the lengths to which the medical industry goes to prevent it represent a deprivation of that right. Drawing on his general theory of the myth of mental illness, Szasz makes a compelling case that the voluntary termination of one’s own life is the result of a decision, not a disease. He presents an in-depth examination and critique of contemporary anti–suicide policies, which are based on the notion that voluntary death is a mental health problem, and systematically lays out the dehumanizing consequences of psychiatrizing suicide prevention. If suicide be deemed a problem, it is not a medical problem. Managing it as if it were a disease, or the result of a disease, will succeed only in debasing medicine and corrupting the law. Pretending to be the pride of medicine, psychiatry is its shame.

Insanity

Insanity Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release : 1997-04-01
ISBN : 9780815604600
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Is insanity a myth? Does it exist merely to keep psychiatrists in business? In Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences, Dr. Szasz challenges the way both science and society define insanity; in the process, he helps us better understand this often misunderstood condition. Dr. Szasz presents a carefully crafted account of the insanity concept and shows how it relates to and differs from three closely allied ideas—bodily illness, social deviance, and the sick role.

Our Right to Drugs

Our Right to Drugs Book
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Praeger Publishers
Release : 1992
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Argues that in making drug use illegal American's have given up their rights to property, and discusses the history of drug legislation and the message it sends out