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The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness
Author : Thomas S. Szasz
Publisher : Harper Perennial
Release Date : 2010-02-23
Category : Psychology
Total pages :368
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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
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date : 1974
Category : Hysteria
Total pages :297
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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
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1960
Category : Mental illness
Total pages :6
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The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of Personal Conduct

The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of Personal Conduct
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1974
Category :
Total pages :297
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The myth of mental illness

The myth of mental illness
Author : Thomas S. Szasz
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1974
Category :
Total pages :129
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The Myth of Mental Illness

The Myth of Mental Illness
Author : Thomas Stephen Szasz
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date : 1974
Category : Ethics
Total pages :297
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Thomas Szasz on The Myth of Mental Illness

Thomas Szasz on The Myth of Mental Illness
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2019
Category : Mental health
Total pages :129
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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
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1973
Category :
Total pages :296
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The Myth of Psychotherapy

The Myth of Psychotherapy
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release Date : 2015-02-01
Category : Psychology
Total pages :238
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This intriguing book undercuts everything you thought you knew about psychotherapy.

Psychiatry

Psychiatry
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release Date : 2019-02-28
Category : Medical
Total pages :148
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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.

A Lexicon of Lunacy

A Lexicon of Lunacy
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Transaction Pub
Release Date : 2003
Category : Psychology
Total pages :202
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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
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
Release Date : 2011-12-31
Category : Social Science
Total pages :293
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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
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release Date : 2009-09-08
Category : Medical
Total pages :188
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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
Author : Jeffrey A. Schaler,Henry Zvi Lothane,Richard E. Vatz
Publisher : Routledge
Release Date : 2017-09-08
Category : Psychology
Total pages :216
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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.

Pharmacracy

Pharmacracy
Author : Thomas Szasz
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date : 2001
Category : Medical
Total pages :212
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Exposes and examines the hidden threats to liberty and the rule of law posed by "pharmacracy"--the emerging alliance of the government and the health-care system.