The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Critical Perspectives on Mental Health assembles a global cast of experts to present critical perspectives on the broad, interdisciplinary field of mental health. Engaging with critical and constructionist conceptions of mental health, it offers a contemporary assessment of mental health as a field, and of prevailing approaches to mental health ‘disorders’ and illnesses. The authors present a comprehensive assessment of mental health today while applying the core hypothesis that the very conception of mental health is made possible in and through language use.
Including nine sections traversing the landscape of mental health in critically informed ways, this book brings together a wide range of concepts across psychology, psychiatry, sociology, education and medicine. In a context of a rapidly growing critical perspectives movement in psychiatry and mental health, this book offers a unique and timely resource for anyone interested in critically oriented theories of mental health.