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Re-Visioning Psychiatry
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Re-Visioning Psychiatry explores new theories and models from cultural psychiatry and psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and anthropology that clarify how mental health problems emerge in specific contexts and points toward future integration of these perspectives. Taken together, the contributions point to the need for fundamental shifts in psychiatric theory and practice:Restoring phenomenology to its rightful place in research and practiceAdvancing the social and cultural neuroscience of brain-person-environment systems over time and across social contextsUnderstanding how self-awareness, interpersonal interactions, and larger social processes give rise to vicious circles that constitute mental health problemsLocating efforts to help and heal within the local and global social, economic, and political contexts that influence how we frame problems and imagine solutions.In advancing ecosystemic models of mental disorders, contributors challenge reductionistic models and culture-bound perspectives and highlight possibilities for a more transdisciplinary, integrated approach to research, mental health policy, and clinical practice.


'Re-Visioning Psychiatry is a fresh attempt to examine the philosophical, cultural, and neuroscience underpinnings of psychiatry to ensure that it will be fit for purpose in the twenty-first century. The editors deserve our thanks for bringing together an impressive array of ideas to ensure that in the turmoil of debates on biology versus social determinants of health, patients do not get forgotten and receive the best treatments taking into account their individual needs.'

Dinesh Bhugra CBE - Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Diversity, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and President, World Psychiatric Association

'The world has waited far too long for this visionary book and its diamond-like chapters from world experts, together showing the natural links between psychiatric phenomenology, genetics, neuroscience, culture, environment, and the mind sciences. The powerful blend of perspectives reveals a more wholesome, humanistic, and scientifically elegant understanding of brain and mind. For far too long scientific endeavours have been enslaved by disciplinary part-objects, whether anatomical, physiological, or chemical. The editors and authors should be very proud to have contributed to a new integrated science of psychiatry, at the heart of medicine, at the heart of society and fully cognizant of the social, political, and economic contexts.'

Kamaldeep Bhui - President, World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, and Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Queen Mary, University of London

'As its title suggests, this is an ambitious volume, its thesis that mental disorders cannot be understood, let alone responded to, by any one discipline alone. Suffering and disability of these kinds emerge as the result of multiple factors, including the interlinked and equally important biological and personal, social and cultural.'

Jennifer Radden Source: Metapsychology Online Reviews (

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