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By Louise Phillips

Using actual existence case reports of individuals experiencing psychological sickness, this ebook identifies how physically presentation of sufferers might replicate convinced features in their ‘lived experience’.

With connection with a variety of theoretical views together with philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminism and sociology, Mental sickness and the Body explores the ways that realizing ‘lived event’ may perhaps usefully be utilized to psychological healthiness perform. Key gains include:

  • an evaluate of the historical past of British psychiatry together with remedies
  • an research of feminism and how its insights were utilized to realizing women's psychological health and wellbeing and affliction
  • in-depth interviews with 4 sufferers clinically determined with psychological affliction
  • an define of Freudian and post-Freudian views at the physique and their relevance to present psychological future health perform.

Mental affliction and the Body is vital examining for psychological wellbeing and fitness practitioners, allied execs and an individual with an curiosity within the physique and psychological affliction.

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It has consistently focused upon bodily processes as cause of mental distress, on observation of the body, and on treatments in the form of therapies and procedures aimed at affecting the body. I examined contemporary texts used by psychiatrists and nurses in their training and clinical practice, and found that the texts used refer to a predominantly biomedical framework in their discussion of the understanding and treatment of mental illness and its bodily presentation. There is currently a vast amount of literature on feminism and the body.

The textbook suggests that individuals who present multiple somatic complaints without a medical explanation over several years may be diagnosed with ‘somatisation disorder’. It acknowledges that a skilled practitioner may be able to pinpoint life or relationship problems as the foundation for such complaints. If complaints are mostly associated with the experience of pain, the patient may be diagnosed with ‘somatoform pain disorder’. 34 Bodily inscription Textbook A discusses the physical presentation of patients in terms of emphasising the importance of a well-maintained appearance.

As I hope to demonstrate, these perspectives are relevant to many women’s lives today. I know from my clinical experience that many women are still predominantly responsible for home-making, childcare and caring for dependent relatives. Consequently, women more frequently than men, experience social isolation and poverty, and these factors often contribute to their mental distress. Within the mental health system, there is often limited attention to women’s life experiences in terms of their care of others.

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