December 15, 2008
Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Reasoning Processes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders, is available to buy at The Potential Shop.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has most usually been classed as an anxiety disorder, but there is increasing evidence that perhaps it is schizotypal in nature, ie a belief disorder. Speaking from personal experience as some one who has been diagnosed as schizotypal, the OCD symptoms I have certainly seem consistent with this.
This book suggests that reasoning and logical thinking should be the cornerstone of effective treatment for OCD. It evaluates theoretical, experimental, clinical and treatment aspects of reasoning research, and provides case studies and historical data to back up its assertions. Though the book is clinical in nature and written for clinicians, it is recommended for the lay person and for patients too, simply because there are so few quality books on schizotypal disorder and its relationship to anxiety disorders.
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October 30, 2008
The Divided Self, the seminal work by eminent Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing, is available to buy at Amazon.
Laing is considered by many to be a founding figure in the anti-psychiatry movement. In this book he postulates that the development of a unified sense of self is essential in cultivating and maintaining a relationship with the outside world. This “ontological security” provides us with the belief that the world is a stable place in which to live, and affirmative of our choice to live there. The “ontologically insecure” person, such as a schizophrenic or psychotic individual, has failed to develop this unity of self, from birth onwards through adolescence and into adult life. It is this insecurity, Laing believed, that distorts the individual’s relationship with the world, to the extent that there is no defence against him or her being “acted on”, or perceived in any way. What is needed, Laing argues, is greater understanding of the gestures and communications of those whom society wrongly ignores and demonises as “mad”.
This book is essential reading for anyone cast with a psychiatric label, or their carers to provide a deeper understanding of what is going on. It is also a great place to start for anyone interested in existentialism, and it’s impact on psychiatry, anti-psychiatry, and psychiatric diagnosis.
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