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The Unbalanced Mind By J.P. Leff

The Unbalanced Mind
by J.P. Leff

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A leading psychiatrist looks at mental illness, arguing that social and cultural roots are as important as biology in our understanding and treatment of psychiatric conditions.
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The Unbalanced Mind by J.P. Leff

Does the crooked gene give rise to the crooked thought? Satirical aphorisms apart, the revolution in molecular genetics has indeed 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? Are international attempts to standardise diagnosis flawed? Can doctors ever hope to disentangle cause and effect in the treatment of mental illness? 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?Wide-ranging, perceptive and penetrating, this brief counterblast is essential reading for anyone who wishes to be informed about the public debate on mental illness.

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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 psychiatry.

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The Unbalanced Mind by J.P. Leff
J.P. Leff
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