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The Future of Mental Health

Deconstructing the Mental Disorder Paradigm
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The Future of Mental Health drills to the heart of the current mental health crisis, where hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide receive unwarranted "mental disorder" diagnoses. It paints a picture of how mental health providers can improve their practices to better serve individuals in distress and outlines necessary steps for a mental health revolution.

Eric Maisel's goal is to inject more human interaction into the therapeutic process. Maisel powerfully deconstructs the "mental disorder" paradigm that is the foundation of current mental health practices. The author presents a revolutionary alternative, a "human experience" paradigm. He sheds a bright light on the differences between so-called "psychiatric medication" and mere chemicals with powerful effects and explains why the DSM-5 is silent on causes, silent on treatment, and wedded to illegitimate "symptom pictures". Maisel describes powerful helping alternatives like communities of care and explains why one day "human experience specialists" may replace current mental health professionals.

An important book for both service providers and service users, The Future of Mental Health brilliantly unmasks current mental health practices and goes an important step further: It describes what we are obliged to do in order to secure better mental health services - and better mental health.

©2015 Eric Maisel (P)2015 New Street Communications, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Maisel goes a long way toward explaining our current situation and pointing us in new directions in his excellent new book. Highly recommended!" (Louis Breger, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis)
"Profoundly innovative and revolutionary.... [Maisel] describes the Herculean but not impossible tasks facing the mental health establishment and reshuffles all the cards in psychiatry." (Patrick Landman, psychiatrist; child psychiatrist; chairman, STOP DSM)

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  • Stuart Sorensen
  • 17-03-2017

Oh, if only.

There's much to commend this book and the ideas that underpin it. Many mh professionals already work in similar ways and it'd be lovely to see the general paradigm shift proposed. I also think that, whilst I'd go a very long way along this same path I'm conscious that 'not proven' doesn't necessarily mean 'not true' and whilst there is very little evidence for the assumptions underlying most psychiatric disorders there are real issues that won't always respond so easily. We need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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  • Nina
  • 04-03-2017

Key idea was good, was a bit off in places, in my view

It was long winded, and I disagreed with a good number of the analytics and statements made. Having lived through serious mental illness and seen at least 12 of my friends and hospital acquaintances die, with varying diagnoses, through suicide, I strongly disagree with some of the writer’s stance and points. Some mental illness at least is organic in origin, as well as in terms of brain plasticity. The other terms lay people call mental illness (non clinical depression, anxiety, neuroses, etc, are not considered by true experts as mental illness, in reality, but as psychological problems (yes, which many, even 1 in 4 can suffer with). However, the approach in this book would be refreshing if condensed somewhat and applied to the applicable psychological problems which people face in large numbers. There genuinely is a huge over prescription of anti depressants. I agree. Most given them, by inexperienced gps should not be given them, but a whole person approach, problem solving skills as well as much needed new take ie on personal choice and responsibility, and in this respect, I agree with the author here. Many good key ideas too.