By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
A important textual content for learning the results of psychological well-being and ailment on a society
This bestselling textbook presents a transparent evaluate of the main facets of the sociology of psychological well-being and disease. during this new version, the authors replace every one bankruptcy, making an allowance for contemporary social technological know-how and social psychiatric literature.
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Everyday notions of ‘nervousness’ suggest that a concept does prefigure a psychiatric label of phobic anxiety or some other version of neurosis. Likewise, if people act in a way others cannot readily understand they run the risk of being dismissed as a ‘nutter’, a ‘loony’, ‘crazy’, ‘mad’ or even ‘mental’. Again, these prefigure notions of psychosis within a professional discourse. Users of mental health services rejecting psychiatric notions of mental illness have often opted instead for ‘mental distress’.
However, the commonest diagnosis in psychiatry is actually depression. This particular diagnosis is not the lay stereotype of a mentally ill person. Moreover, depression and the distress linked to stressful personal circumstances now occupy an ambiguous space in the minds of lay people. Terms such as ‘stress’ (as an internal subjective state not as an external objective pressure) and ‘depression’ are now part of the vernacular in Western societies. They are seen as an extension of normal existence and are not necessarily seen as mental illness (Pilgrim and Bentall 1998).
Some medical practitioners have recently rejected the concept of mental illness but not in the way that was evident in the Szaszian critique noted earlier. Baker and Menken (2001) suggest that the term ‘mental illness’ must be abandoned because it is an erroneous label for true brain disorder. They are dismissive of the countless critiques and ambiguities previously identified by dissenting psychiatrists and sociological critics. Instead they argue for a clear philosophical assertion that all mental illnesses are brain disorders as ‘an essential step to promote the improvement of human health’ from within clinical medicine: We suggest that it is unscientific, misleading and harmful to millions of Perspectives on mental health and illness 19 people world wide to declare that some brain disorders are not physical ailments.
A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim