The Culture of Our Discontent
Beyond the Medical Model of Mental IllnessBook - 2006
From the publisher's description: "Anthropologist Meredith Small contends there is much to be learned from stepping away from the traditional Western medical model to explore and embrace alternative perspectives. By examining culture itself, rather than focusing on biology and medicine, we can fully understand the nature of our discontent. Looking at social, evolutionary, cross-cultural, and nutritional influences, Small deconstructs mental illnesses like depression and anxiety conditions that appear in different forms and for different reasons within the culture that defines them. By rethinking assumptions and questioning standard treatment programs, she helps us gradually relax our grip on the medical model to discover a new perspective on mental illness."
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, c2006
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Beyond the medical model of mental illness