How psychiatrists misunderstand and mistreat schizophrenia

Punishing the patient : how psychiatrists misunderstand and mistreat schizophrenia by Richard Gosden, PhD. pdf

Most books on schizophrenia are written by people who have had some kind of direct involvement with the condition as therapists, carers, or victims. At the professional level, these books range from the party line of mainstream psychiatry to the cry-in-the-dark of dissident psychiatrists who know that something is wrong with the attitudes of their mainstream colleagues, but can’t say what it is.

At the personal level, these books include first-hand accounts of the tribulations of caring for a child with schizophrenia, and descriptions of what it is like to be branded a schizophrenic, and to suffer the torment of living with drug treatment. All of these types of book are necessarily limited to the personal experience of the author. However, Author is not a psychiatrist, and is not a parent of a schizophrenic child. This book has been written from a perspective that is quite different from the usual books on schizophrenia.

“… I have come to academic research relatively late in life. Most of my adult life has been spent as a wanderer, and much of my knowledge about the problems of schizophrenics comes from a passage through the school of hard knocks. My dedication to human rights was cultivated by a long sojourn as a draft dodger and peace activist, and I have had abundant personal experience of social alienation and ostracism as a result of being, at different times, an unemployed person and an environmental activist.

I have travelled extensively and worked in various occupations. I have also lived for an extended period in a community in which mystical practices were taught. Throughout my years on the social margins, schizophrenia was a frequent topic of conversation amongst people I encountered. So was the threat of forced psychiatry.

Being labelled with schizophrenia is considered something of an occupational hazard for people who march to the beat of a different drum, and my sincere hope is that this book might play some small part in reducing that risk….”


  1. Human Rights and the Medical Containment of Deviance
  2. The Medical Model: schizophrenia as a disease
  3. Theories Galore: the quest for a cause
  4. Behind the Medical Model: interest groups and human rights
  5. Non-Medical Models: schizophrenia as a spiritual/mystical emergency
  6. Shrinking Free Thought: human rights and mystical experience
  7. Mental as Anything: schizophrenic symptoms as manufactured artefacts
  8. Punishing the Patient: human rights and psychiatric alienation
  9.  Early Psychosis: expanding the market for preventive medicine

Language: English
Format: ebook PDF
Pages: 313
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