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  1. Postpsychiatry: Mental Health in a Postmodern World.Patrick Bracken & Philip Thomas - 2005 - Oxford University Press UK.
    How are we to make sense of madness and psychosis? For most of us the words conjure up images from television and newspapers of seemingly random, meaningless violence. It is something to be feared, something to be left to the experts. But is madness best thought of as a medical condition? Psychiatrists and the drug industry maintain that psychoses are brain disorders amenable to treatment with drugs, but is this actually so? There is no convincing evidence that the brain is (...)
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    From Szasz to Foucault: On the Role of Critical Psychiatry.Pat Bracken & Philip Thomas - 2010 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (3):219-228.
    Because psychiatry deals specifically with ‘mental’ suffering, its efforts are always centrally involved with the meaningful world of human reality. As such, it sits at the interface of a number of discourses: genetics and neuroscience, psychology and sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and the humanities. Each of these provides frameworks, concepts, and examples that seek to assist our attempts to understand mental distress and how it might be helped. However, these discourses work with different assumptions, methodologies, values, and priorities. Some are in (...)
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    Postpsychiatry: Mental Health in a Postmodern World.Patrick Bracken - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    Introduction : the times they are a changin' -- Doing their best -- Values, evidence, conflict -- What counts as evidence? -- The miracle drug -- The battle for acceptance : defining the relationship between medicine and the world of madness and distress -- The ring -- Foregrounding contexts : what kinds of understanding are appropriate in the world of mental illness? -- Losing Peter -- Mind, language, and meaning -- Beetles -- Ethics before technology : is 'treatment' the best (...)
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    The Limits of Evidence-Based Medicine in Psychiatry.Philip Thomas, Pat Bracken & Sami Timimi - 2012 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 19 (4):295-308.
    It has often been emphasised that psychiatry is still an ‘expertise’ and has not yet reached the status of a science. Science calls for systematic, conceptual thinking which can be communicated to others. Only in so far as psychopathology does this can it claim to be regarded as a science. What in psychiatry is just expertise and art can never be accurately formulated and can at best be mutually sensed by another colleague. It is therefore hardly a matter for textbooks (...)
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    The Importance of Heidegger for Psychiatry.Patrick Bracken - 1999 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 6 (2):83-85.
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    Beyond Liberation: Michel Foucault and the Notion of a Critical Psychiatry.Patrick J. Bracken - 1995 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 2 (1):1-13.
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    Challenges to the Modernist Identity of Psychiatry! User Empowerment and Recovery.Pat Bracken & Philip Thomas - 2013 - In K. W. M. Fulford (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Oxford University Press. pp. 123.
    This chapter argues that the modernist agenda, currently dominant in mainstream psychiatry, serves as a disempowering force for service users. By structuring the world of mental health according to a technological logic, this agenda is usually seen as promoting a liberation from "myths" about mental illness that led to stigma and oppression in the past. However, it is argued that this approach systematically separates mental distress from background contextual issues and sidelines non-technological aspects of mental health such as relationships, values, (...)
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    Is Private (Contract-Based) Practice an Answer to the Problems of Psychiatry?Pat Bracken & Philip Thomas - 2010 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (3):241-245.
    We are very grateful to both Matthew Ratcliffe and Thomas Szasz for taking the time to read and respond to our paper. Ratcliffe is broadly sympathetic to our efforts and provides a very convincing argument against mind–body dualisms by drawing on work from the phenomenological tradition. His comments extend rather than challenge our central thesis. Szasz, however, is dismissive of our position. As a result, most of our response is directed to his commentary. Ratcliffe uses the work of van der (...)
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    Listening to Foucault.Patrick Bracken - 2002 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 9 (2):187-188.
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    Anomalies Persist, So Does the Problem of Harm.Philip Thomas, Pat Bracken & Sami Timimi - 2012 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 19 (4):317-321.
    We are very grateful to Mona Gupta and Peter Zachar for their commentaries on our paper. In our view, the main challenge for both commentators is this: do they have empirical evidence to refute our rejection (on evidence-based grounds) of the primacy of the current technological paradigm in psychiatry? Although opinions may differ about our choice of the philosophical tools we use to interpret the facts, unless there is good evidence to contradict our basic premise, their arguments will fail to (...)
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