Mental Health Philosophical Perspectives

Author: H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401569096
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Mental Health Philosophical Perspectives from the Author: H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.. The concept 'health' is ambiguous [18,9, 11]. The concept 'mental health' is even more so. 'Health' compasses senses of well-being, wholeness, and sound ness that mean more than the simple freedom from illness - a fact appreci ated in the World Health Organization's definition of health as more than the absence of disease or infirmity [7]. The wide range of viewpoints of the con tributors to this volume attests to the scope of issues placed under the rubric 'mental health. ' These papers, presented at the Fourth Symposium on Philos ophy and Medicine, were written and discussed within a broad context of interests concerning mental health. Moreover, in their diversity these papers point to the many descriptive, evaluative, and, in fact, performative functions of statements concerning mental health. Before introducing the substance of these papers in any detail, I want to indicate the profound commerce between philosophical and psychological ideas in theories of mental health and disease. This will be done in part by a consideration of some conceptual developments in the history of psychiatry, as well as through an analysis of some of the functions of the notions of mental illness and health. 'Mental health' lays a special stress on the wholeness of human intuition, emotion, thought, and action.

Recovery Of People With Mental Illness Philosophical And Related Perspectives

Author: Abraham Rudnick
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191655007
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Recovery Of People With Mental Illness Philosophical And Related Perspectives from the Author: Abraham Rudnick. It is only in the past 20 years that the concept of 'recovery' from mental health has been more widely considered and researched. Before then, it was generally considered that 'stability' was the best that anyone suffering from a mental disorder could hope for. But now it is recognised that, throughout their mental illness, many patients develop new beliefs, feelings, values, attitudes, and ways of dealing with their disorder. The notion of recovery from mental illness is thus rapidly being accepted and is inserting more hope into mainstream psychiatry and other parts of the mental health care system around the world. Yet, in spite of conceptual and other challenges that this notion raises, including a variety of interpretations, there is scarcely any systematic philosophical discussion of it. This book is unique in addressing philosophical issues - including conceptual challenges and opportunities - raised by the notion of recovery of people with mental illness. Such recovery - particularly in relation to serious mental illness such as schizophrenia - is often not about cure and can mean different things to different people. For example, it can mean symptom alleviation, ability to work, or the striving toward mental well-being (with or without symptoms). The book addresses these different meanings and their philosophical grounds, bringing to the fore perspectives of people with mental illness and their families as well as perspectives of philosophers, mental health care providers and researchers, among others. The important new work will contribute to further research, reflective practice and policy making in relation to the recovery of people with mental illness.It is essential reading for philosophers of health, psychiatrists, and other mental care providers, as well as policy makers.

Mental Health Philosophical Perspectives Proceedings Of The Fourthtrans Disciplinary Symposium On Philosophy And Medicine Held At Galveston Texas May 16 18 1976

Author: Trans-disciplinary symposium on philosophy and medicine, 4th (galveston, 1976. e)
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Mental Health Philosophical Perspectives Proceedings Of The Fourthtrans Disciplinary Symposium On Philosophy And Medicine Held At Galveston Texas May 16 18 1976 from the Author: Trans-disciplinary symposium on philosophy and medicine, 4th (galveston, 1976. e).


Author: Patrick Bracken
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198526094
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Postpsychiatry from the Author: Patrick Bracken. For most of us the words madness and psychosis conjure up fear and images of violence. Using short stories, the authors consider complex philosphical issues from a fresh perspective. The current debates about mental health policy and practice are placed into their historical and cultural contexts.

Mental Health

Author: P.A. Tengland
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401722374
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Mental Health from the Author: P.A. Tengland. Mental health issues are a growing concern in our modern Western society. This is part of an increasing interest in questions about health, quality of life, personal development, and self-fulfilment. However, most of what has been written so far has had its focus on mental illness or disease, the negative side of the coin, and few attempts have been made to discuss more thoroughly, from a philosophical perspective, what it is to be mentally healthy. The present book is such an attempt. The author's aim is to analyze, philosophically, the notion of `positive mental health'. In so doing a number of ideas found in the literature are presented and discussed. The author also raises some important methodological questions. The final result of the analysis is a formal and a material reconstruction of the concept of "positive mental health". The book will be of value to all professionals within the health care sector, in particular to psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and psychotherapists. It will also be of interest to philosophers and social scientists working with health questions.

Mental Mechanisms

Author: William Bechtel
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1136679707
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Mental Mechanisms from the Author: William Bechtel. A variety of scientific disciplines have set as their task explaining mental activities, recognizing that in some way these activities depend upon our brain. But, until recently, the opportunities to conduct experiments directly on our brains were limited. As a result, research efforts were split between disciplines such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, and artificial intelligence that investigated behavior, while disciplines such as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and genetics experimented on the brains of non-human animals. In recent decades these disciplines integrated, and with the advent of techniques for imaging activity in human brains, the term cognitive neuroscience has been applied to the integrated investigations of mind and brain. This book is a philosophical examination of how these disciplines continue in the mission of explaining our mental capacities.

Meaning Systems And Mental Health Culture

Author: James T. Hansen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498516319
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Meaning Systems And Mental Health Culture from the Author: James T. Hansen. Meaning Systems and Mental Health Culture: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling and Psychotherapy examines the intersection of meaning systems, mental health culture, and counseling and psychotherapy. By viewing mental health care through the lenses of culture and history, James T. Hansen argues that a defining element of mental health culture, throughout various eras, is the relative value placed on meaning systems. Contemporary mental health care, with its idealization of symptom-based diagnostics, biological reductionism, and the medical model, severely devalues meaning systems. This devaluation has led modern counselors and psychotherapists to largely abandon the factors that should be central to their work. Meaning Systems and Mental Health Culture weaves together empirical, historical, cultural, and philosophical perspectives to raise awareness of the need for counseling and psychotherapy to revalue meaning systems, even while operating within a culture that disregards them.

Autonomy And Mental Disorder

Author: Lubomira Radoilska
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199595429
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Autonomy And Mental Disorder from the Author: Lubomira Radoilska. The concept of autonomy is highly relevant to medical ethics and mental health. The autonomy of an individual can be affected by certain mental disorders, with implications for how we treat them (or even forcefully treat them), or ascribe blame for events they bring about. Autonomy and Mental Disorder identifies and explores some underlying connections between the concepts of autonomy, decisional capacity, and mental disorder. It brings togetherphilosophers and psychiatrists focusing on cases where autonomy is deemed to have broken down. Some of the questions that authors address include: does the notion of capacity necessarily involve some evaluative components? How does it relate to the notion of autonomy? What are the defining features of mentaldisorder? Should they comprise distress and diminished control over one's actions? Could philosophical conceptions of autonomy account for psychiatric cases in which autonomy is deemed to be compromised? Would the standard distinction between moral and personal autonomy be applicable? Autonomy and Mental Disorder will be of interest to psychiatrists, philosophers, and forensic psychologists.

Diagnostic Dilemmas In Child And Adolescent Psychiatry

Author: Christian David Perring
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199645752
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Diagnostic Dilemmas In Child And Adolescent Psychiatry from the Author: Christian David Perring. Though many of the ethical issues important in adult mental health are of relevance in the child, there are a considerable number of issues special to children. Many of the dilemmas faced pertain to diagnosis, treatment, the protection of the child, as well as the child's own developing intelligence and moral judgement. In addition, there are cases where the interests of the parents may conflict with the interests of the child. For example, the interests of a mother with schizophrenia might best be served by her continuing to look after her child, but the child's interests might require that a substitute placement be found. Diagnostic Dilemmas in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is the first in the IPPP series to explore this highly complex topic. It brings together a collection of clinicians and philosophers who consider a range of topics central to the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents affected by mental disorders.

The Female Body In Mind

Author: Mervat Nasser
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134173083
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The Female Body In Mind from the Author: Mervat Nasser. The Female Body in Mind introduces new ways of thinking about issues of women's mental health assessment and treatment. Its multidisciplinary approach incorporates social, psychological, biological and philosophical perspectives on the female body. The contributions, from notable academics in the field of women's mental health, examine the relationship between women's bodies, society and culture, demonstrating how the body has become a platform for women's expression of their distress and anguish. The book is divided into six sections, all centred on the theme of the body, covering: The body at risk. The hurting body. The reproductive body. The interactive body. Body-sensitive therapies. The body on my mind. All professionals involved in women's mental health will welcome this exploration of the complexities involved in the relationship between women bodies and their mental health.