The Unbalanced Mind

The Unbalanced Mind

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The revolution in molecular genetics has given rise to the heady optimism that biology will soon explain all disturbances of mind and behaviour. In this important and necessary book, Julian Leff, a world-leading psychiatrist, counters this reductionist stance. Instead he emphasises what is known about the psychological, social and cultural factors underlying mental illness. In doing so, he addresses many serious and urgent questions. What exactly is the difference between sadness and depression? What are the difficulties in categorising psychiatric conditions? How are psychiatric diagnoses made in the first place? What is the influence of emotional relationships on psychiatric conditions? Is there a link between schizophrenia and socio-economic deprivation? How do public attitudes to mental illness affect choice of treatment? And, finally, what does this tell us about the cultural causes of mental illness?show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 17mm | 184g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753813629
  • 9780753813621

About J.P. Leff

Julian Leff is Professor of Social and Cultural Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He has published more than two hundred articles and contributes regularly to television and radio broadcasts. He is the author and co-author of ten books, one of which won the Starkey Prize of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 1999 he became the first winner of the Burgholzli Prize for outstanding contributions to more

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