The Future of Mental Health drills to the heart of the current mental health crisis, where hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide receive unwarranted "mental disorder" diagnoses. It paints a picture of how mental health providers can improve their practices to better serve individuals in distress and outlines necessary steps for a mental health revolution.
Eric Maisel's goal is to inject more human interaction into the therapeutic process. Maisel powerfully deconstructs the "mental disorder" paradigm that is the foundation of current mental health practices. The author presents a revolutionary alternative, a "human experience" paradigm. He sheds a bright light on the differences between so-called "psychiatric medication" and mere chemicals with powerful effects and explains why the DSM-5 is silent on causes, silent on treatment, and wedded to illegitimate "symptom pictures". Maisel describes powerful helping alternatives like communities of care and explains why one day "human experience specialists" may replace current mental health professionals.
An important book for both service providers and service users, The Future of Mental Health brilliantly unmasks current mental health practices and goes an important step further: It describes what we are obliged to do in order to secure better mental health services - and better mental health.
There's much to commend this book and the ideas that underpin it. Many mh professionals already work in similar ways and it'd be lovely to see the general paradigm shift proposed. I also think that, whilst I'd go a very long way along this same path I'm conscious that 'not proven' doesn't necessarily mean 'not true' and whilst there is very little evidence for the assumptions underlying most psychiatric disorders there are real issues that won't always respond so easily. We need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
if this book was much shorter its points could be debated. I found the tone sarcastic. he has made some valid points, but they get drowned out with too much detail. and whilst intelligent language is used, backed up with some research, i think the points made could be used to argue both sides of the same coin. in my opinion i had high hopes for this book but ended up giving up on it and not finishing it.