An Anti-Psychiatry Reading List

The following reading list of over one hundred titles covers the general critique of psychiatry, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, electroshock therapy (ECT),  mental institutions, psychosurgery, eugenics, the history of psychiatry, women and psychiatry, race and psychatry, and children and psychiatry,  Suggestions for additions and other comments are welcome. Inclusion here does not constitute an endorsement by the Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies or the University of Sheffield.

Bargmann, E., Wolfe, S., & Levin, J. (1982). Stopping Valium: And Ativan, Centrax, Dalmane, Librium, Paxipam, Restoril, Serax, Tranxene, Xanax. New York: Warner.

Beers, C. (1908). A Mind that Found Itself: An Autobiography. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Beliappa, J. (1991). Illness or Distress? Alternative Models of Mental Health. London: Confederation of Indian Organisations.

Blume, E. S. (1990). Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and Its Aftereffects in Women. New York: Wiley.

Boyers, R., & Orrill, R. (Eds.). (1971). R. D. Laing and Anti-Psychiatry. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Breggin, P. (1970). The Crazy from the Sane. New York: Lyle Stuart.

Breggin, P. (1975). Psychosurgery for political purposes. Duquesne Law Review(13), 841-62.

Breggin, P. (1979). Electroshock: Its Brain-Disabling Effects. New York: Springer.

Breggin, P. (1980). The Psychology of Freedom: Liberty and Love as a Way of Life. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus.

Breggin, P. (1981). Disabling the brain with electroshock. In M. Dongier & E. Wittkower (Eds.), Divergent Views in Psychiatry . Hagerstown, MD: Harper and Row.

Breggin, P. (1982). The return of lobotomy and psychosurgery. In R. Edwards (Ed.), Psychiatry and Ethics . Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

Breggin, P. (1983). Psychiatric Drugs: Hazards to the Brain. New York: Springer.

Breggin, P. (1986). Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction from ECT. Psychopharmacology Bulletin, 478-79.

Breggin, P. (1990). Brain Damage, Dementia and Persistent Cognitive Dysfunction Associated with Neuroleptic Drugs. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 11(3 & 4), 425-63.

Breggin, P. (1993). Toxic Psychiatry. (UK ed.). London: HarperCollins.

Brown, P. (1988). Transfer of Care. London: Routledge.

Brown, P., & Funk, S. (1986). Tardive Dyskinesia: Barriers to the Professional Recognition of an Iatrogenic Disease. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 27, 116-32.

Burstow, B., & Weitz, D. (Eds.). (1988). Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada. Vancouver: New Star Publications.

Castel, R. (1992). The Regulation of Madness. Oxford: Polity.

Chamberlin, J. (1978). On Our Own: Patient-Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System. New York: Hawthorn.

Chavkin, S. (1978). The Mind Stealers: Psychosurgery and Mind Control. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Chesler, P. (1972). Women and Madness. New York: Doubleday.

Clare, A. (1980). Psychiatry in Dissent: Controversial Issues in Thought and Practice. (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cohen, D. (1990). Challenging the Therapeutic State: Critical Perspectives on Psychiatry and the Mental Health System. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 11(3 & 4).

Coleman, L. (1984). The Reign of Error: Psychiatry, Authority, and Law. Boston: Beacon Press.

Coles, G. (1987). The Learning Mystique: A Critical Look at 'Learning Disabilities'. New York: Pantheon.

Cooper, D. (1967). Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry. London: Tavistock.

Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1977). Anti-Oedipus. New York: Athlone Press.

Deutsch, A. (1949). The Mentally Ill in America: A History of Their Care and Treatment from Colonial Times. New York: Columbia University Press.

Fireside, H. (1979). Soviet Psychoprisons. New York: Norton.

Fisher, S., & Greenberg, R. (Eds.). (1989). The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress: Comparisons with Psychotherapy and Placebo. Hillsdale, N. J.: Erlbaum.

Forward, S. (1989). Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life. New York: Bantam.

Foucault, M. (1967). Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. London: Tavistock Publications.

Foucault, M. (1987). Mental Illness and Psychology. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Friedberg, J. (1976). Shock Treatment Is Not Good for Your Brain. San Francisco: Glide.

Friedberg, J. (1977). Shock treatment, brain damage, memory loss: A neurological perspective. American Journal of Psychiatry, 134, 1010-13.

Gelles, R., & Straus, M. (1988). Intimate Violence: The Causes and Consequences of Abuse in the American Family. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Goffman, E. (1963). Stigma: Some Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Goffman, E. (1968). Asylums. London: Penguin Books.

Gotkin, J., & Gotkin, P. (1975). Too Much Anger, Too Many Tears: A Personal Triumph Over Psychiatry. New York: Quadrangle.

Grob, G. (1973). Mental Institutions in America: Social Policy to 1875. New York: Free Press.

Grob, G. (1990). Marxian Analysis and Mental Illness. History of Psychiatry, 1, 223-32.

Hansen, H. (1982). Stereotactic psychosurgery. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 66, 7-123.

Hill, D. (1983). The Politics of Schizophrenia: Psychiatric Oppression in the United States. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Jaffe, P., Wolfe, D., & Wilson, S. (1990). Children of Battered Women. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Johnstone, L. (1989). Users and Abusers of Psychiatry. London: Routledge.

Kesey, K. (1962). One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. New York: Viking.

Kevles, D. (1985). In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Use of Human Heredity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Kotowicz, Z. (1997). R. D. Laing and the Paths of Anti-Psychiatry. 1997: Routledge.

Kvale, S. (1992). Psychology and Postmodernism . London: Sage.

Laing, R. D. (1965). The Divided Self. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.

Laing, R. D. (1967). The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise. London: Penguin Books.

Lapon, L. (1986). Mass Murderers in White Coats: Psychiatric Genocide in Nazi Germany and the United States. Springfield, MA: Psychiatric Genocide Research Institute.

Leifer, R. (1969). In the Name of Psychiatry. New York: Science House.

Lidz, T., Fleck, S., & Cornelison, A. (1965). Schizophrenia and the Family. New York: International Universities Press.

Martin, D. (1976). Battered Wives. San Francisco: Volcano Press.

Masson, J. (1992). Final Analysis. London: Fontana.

McGuiness, D. (1989). Attention Deficit Disorder: The Emperor's New Clothes,Animal "Pharm", and Other Fiction. In S. Fisher & R. Greenberg (Eds.), The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress: Comparisons with Psychotherapy and Placebo . Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Medawar, C. (1992). Power and Dependence. London: Social Audit Ltd.

Meyer, J. (1988). The fate of the mentally ill in Germany during the Third Reich. Psychological Medicine, 18, 575-81.

Miller, A. (1983). For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child Rearing and the Roots of Violence. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

Miller, P., & Rose, N. (1986). The Power of Psychiatry. Oxford: Polity.

Millett, K. (1970). Sexual Politics. New York: Doubleday.

Millett, K. (1990). The Loony-Bin Trip. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Morgan, R. (Ed.). (1983). The Iatrogenics Handbook: A Critical Look at Research and Practice in the Helping Professions.

Morgan, R. (1991). Electroshock: The Case Against. Toronto: IPI Publishing.

Muller-Hill, B. (1988). Murderous Science: Elimination by Scientific Selection of Jews, Gypsies, and Others in Germany, 1933-1945. New York: Oxford University Press.

Padel, R. (1981). Madness in fifth-century (B. C.) Athenian tragedy. In P. Heelas & A. Lock (Eds.), Indigenous Psychologies: the Anthropology of the Self . London: Academic Press.

Parker, I., McLoughlin, T., Harper, D., Smith, M. S., & Georgaca, E. (1995). Deconstructing Psychopathology. London: Sage.

Peterson, D. (1982). A Mad People's History of Madness. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Plotkin, R., & Rigling, K. (1979). Invisible manacles: Drugging the mentally retarded. Stanford Law Review, 31, 637-78.

Proctor, R. (1988). Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richman, D., Frank, L., & Mandler, A. (1987). Dr. Caligari's Psychiatric Drugs. Berkeley, CA: Network Against Psychiatric Assault.

Robitscher, J. (1980). The Powers of Psychiatry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Rose, N. (1979). The Psychological Complex. Ideology and Consciousness, 5, 5-71.

Rose, N. (1985). The Psychological Complex. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Rowe, D. (1990). Beyond Fear. London: Fontana.

Sarbin, T., & Mancuso, J. (1980). Schizophrenia: Medical Diagnosis or Moral Verdict. New York: Pergamon.

Scheff, T. (Ed.). (1967). Mental Illness and Social Process. New York: Harper and Row.

Scheff, T. (Ed.). (1975). Labelling Madness. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Scheff, T. (1984). Being Mentally Ill. New York: Aldine.

Scheflin, A., & Opton, E. (1978). The Mind Manipulators. New York: Paddington.

Schrag, P. (1978). Mind Control. New York: Pantheon.

Schrag, P., & Divoky, D. (1975). The Myth of the Hyperactive Child and Other Means of Child Control. New York: Pantheon.

Scull, A. T. (1975). From madness to mental illness: medical men as moral entrepreneurs. Archives of European Sociology, 16, 218-51.

Scull, A. T. (1977). Decarceration. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Scull, A. T. (1979). Museums of Madness: The Social Organization of Insanity in Nineteenth Century England. London: Allen Lane.

Scull, A. T. (1989). Social Order/Mental Disorder. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Scull, A. T. (1990). Michel Foucault's history of madness. History of the Human Sciences, 3(1), 57-67.

Scull, A. T. (1993). The Most Solitary of Afflictions. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Sedgwick, P. (1982). PsychoPolitics. London: Pluto.

Seidenberg, R., & DeCrow, K. (1983). Women Who Marry Houses: Panic and Protest in Agoraphobia. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Shutts, D. (1982). Lobotomy: Resort to the Knife. New York: Van Norstrand Reinhold.

Simmonds, D. (1976). Children's Rights and Family Dysfunction: 'Daddy, Why Do I Have to be the Crazy One?'. In G. Koocher (Ed.), Children's Rights and the Mental Health Professions . New York: Wiley.

Szasz, T. (1961). The Myth of Mental Illness. New York: Harper and Row.

Szasz, T. (1963). Law, Liberty and Psychiatry. New York: Macmillan.

Szasz, T. (1970). The Manufacture of Madness. New York: Harper and Row.

Szasz, T. (1974). The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct. (2nd ed.). New York: Harper and Row.

Szasz, T. (1976). Schizophrenia: The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry. British Journal of Psychiatry, 129.

Szasz, T. (1978). The Myth of Psychotherapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Turkle, S. (1981). French anti-psychiatry. In D. Ingleby (Ed.), Critical Psychiatry . Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Turner, B. (1995). Medical Power and Social Knowledge. London: Sage.

Valenstein, E. (Ed.). (1980). The Psychosurgery Debate: Scientific, Legal and Ethical Perspectives. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.

Valenstein, E. (1986). Great and Desperate Cures. New York: Basic Books.

Wolfe, D. (1987). Child Abuse: Implications for Child Development and Psychopathology. Newbury Park. CA: Sage.

Wurtzel, E. (1995). Prozac Nation. London: Quartet.

 

 

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