- Tapa blanda: 202 páginas
- Editor: Acheron Press; Edición: 1 (20 de octubre de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0956035302
- ISBN-13: 978-0956035301
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The Meaning of Madness (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 20 oct 2008
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'Most books on mental disorder are either polemical or over-technical. This remarkable book by contrast provides a highly readable and at the same time authoritative account that by combining literary and scientific sources shows the deep connections between 'madness' and some of our most important attributes as human beings.' -- Professor Bill Fulford University of Oxford 'A riveting read for anyone looking for a window into the world of mental disorder...' -- Professor Robert Howard Dean, The Royal College of Psychiatrists
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This book proposes to open up the debate on mental disorders, to get people interested and talking, and to get them thinking. For example, what is schizophrenia? Why is it so common? Why does it affect human beings and not animals? What might this tell us about our mind and body, language and creativity, music and religion? What are the boundaries between mental disorder and 'normality'? Is there a relationship between mental disorder and genius? These are some of the difficult but important questions that this book confronts, with the overarching aim of exploring what mental disorders can teach us about human nature and the human condition. Dr Neel Burton qualified in neuroscience and medicine from the University of London and is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is the the author of several books, including a prize-winning textbook of psychiatry and a prize-winning self-help book for people with schizophrenia. He lives and teaches in Oxford.Ver Descripción del producto
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In chapter one, Dr Neel Burton offers thought experiments about the brain's role in Personality, as well as a short discussion of Free Will. I found this chapter disappointing. Conclusions were avoided and the ideas discussed here were not integrated with the rest of the book. To be fair, this chapter does offer some food for thought if you have never before pondered these issues and is therefore not without value.
The rest of the book provides excellent discussions of:
- Manic Depressive Illness;
- The many Anxiety Disorders; and
No prior knowledge is required. This book is a good choice for someone who wants a non-technical bird's eye view of mental disorders.
I really warmed up to the book after the halfway mark, whence it got progressively more philosophical. Interesting ideas of Plato, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Sartre and others have been worked into the text. At times, discussions turn almost poetic. This short book is not simply about mental disorders but about the human condition and the struggles we face.
You'll gain insights into the evolution of mental disorders and the benefits these genes confer on us as a species; the deeper nature of anxiety and depression; what anxiety and depression may be trying to tell us and why they could be valuable; the working of the ego and its defence mechanisms; how published studies have skewed the effectiveness of antidepressants; the value of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; our search for meaning; and facing up to death.
This is a well-balanced book, providing insight into both the negative and positive aspects surrounding mental hardship, without ever romanticizing mental illness.
The only negative thing I have to say is that the book starts off with some seriously mind boggling conundrums. I just read through it without trying to conquer the material too much. Some of it went a bit over my head. I concentrated mostly on the sections on Schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and PTSD. I was also interested in reading about anankastic personality disorder which I'd never heard of before.
This book is at times a little philosophical. There is a discussion about existential anxiety and a thoughtful discussion on suicide. The only thing the author does not explain is that the soul is eternal so death is not the end. Perhaps the author thinks that life ends at death. With that said there is very little said about religion except some thoughts on God.
I feel this book will appeal to anyone struggling with a disorder or to anyone who is treating patients. It is also fine for the casual observer of human beings who have either been cursed or blessed with mental problems. Yes there are some positive aspects as well.
I have read many books on psychology and this was one of the best. I'd enjoy reading other books by this author.
~The Rebecca Review
One of this book main strengths is that it addresses each disorder from many angles: neurological, psychiatric, psychological, cultural, the individual experience, religious,and even, artistic manifestations
It's other strength is that Dr. Neel Burton uses simple language without losing depth.
Whether you are interested in the topic, you are a student or you are a mental health professional looking to refresh and update your knowledges, you will find this book enjoyable and interesting.