Ny bok: A straight talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis
Lucy Johnstone PCCS Books 2014
A revolution is underway in mental health. If the authors of the diagnostic manuals are admitting that psychiatric diagnoses are not supported by evidence, then no one should be forced to accept them. If many mental health workers are openly questioning diagnosis and saying we need a different and better system, then service users and carers should be allowed to do so too. This book is about choice. It is about giving people the information to make up their own minds, and exploring alternatives for those who wish to do so.
As far as I am aware, this is the first book to provide a concise, accessible and inexpensive summary for service users, carers and others which:
- Summarises the complex debates for and against psychiatric diagnosis
- Looks at the impact of psychiatric diagnosis at every level from the individual upwards
- Outlines the alternatives to diagnosis, which in essence come down to various versions of finding your own story
- Supplies a lists of reading, resources and organisations which can help you to think about alternatives for yourself if you decide to do so.
It is time for people to be offered an informed choice about whether to accept, or at least whether to believe, a psychiatric diagnosis with all its subsequent consequences, both positive and negative. I hope this book will be a contribution to that process.