Dr Eric Maisel is a former family therapist, based in California, USA, who works actively as a Creativity Coach. He is the author of many books on creativity, psychology, and mental health. Dr Chuck Ruby is a psychologist and former US Air Force veteran, with many published works in therapy and social issues.


Understanding the current systems of psychology and psychiatry is profoundly important. So is exploring alternatives. The Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series presents solicited chapters from international experts. This is a series for mental health researchers, teachers, and practitioners, and also for anyone trying to make sense of anxiety, depression, and emotional difficulties.


Critiquing the Psychiatric Model, the first Volume of the Series, is an Edited Collection with contributions including A Critical History of Psychiatry in the USA, 1950 – 2000; Research Critiques on Psychotherapy; Social Sources of Sickness; and explorations on Drug Therapy, Indigenous Mental Health, Autism, and ADHD.

Published February 2022 and available now

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Humane Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model, the second in the Series, explores a range of alternative models, frameworks and practices relating to mental health. Contributions include explorations of colonial mental health paradigms; case stories from the Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islands, and Rwandan communities; and issues relating to mental illness and wellness in both ageing, and childhood.

Published April 2022 and available now

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Call for Chapters 

CRITIQUING THE MENTAL DISORDERS OF CHILDHOOD: Deconstructing ADHD, Autism, and the Psychiatric Paradigm of Childhood Mental Illness

This forthcoming volume in the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry series takes aim at the current psychiatric paradigm with respect to so-called “mental disorders of childhood.” It shines a bright light on the constructs and practices that confront today’s parents and their children and that lead to millions of unwarranted diagnoses. It both provides a general overview and critique and takes a focused look at two particularly controversial “mental disorders of childhood,” ADHD and autism. 

The book is divided into three parts:


The book begins with a discussion of the current situation and paints a picture of where the “mental disorders of childhood” model came from, what it purports to explain, how it positions itself in a pseudo-medical context, and how it fails to serve parents and their children. This part includes chapters on the medicalization of distress (from Paul Blackburn), the medicalization of passion (from Todd Dubose), the toxic effects of drugs on developing brains (from Grace Jackson), and other contributions that together provide a solid overview of the current untenable situation.  


Is ADHD a “mental disorder” or a label affixed to certain behaviors? Is it a genuine medical condition that ought to be routinely “treated” with powerful chemicals? In Part II leading experts, including Robert Whitaker, Martin Whitely, and Thomas Armstrong, make the case that ADHD is neither a so-called mental disorder nor a genuine medical condition. Part II takes a critical look at one of the most-often-diagnosed “mental disorders of childhood.” 


The Autism Science Foundation reported that in just four decades, the diagnosis of autism in children skyrocketed 200-fold. How did this happen and what is autism? Is it a neurological disease caused by faulty brain circuits or is it a judgment on unwanted and inconvenient behaviors? Perhaps the features considered autistic are merely a set of preferences atypical among the general population? Even if they are problematic at times, can they also be beneficial? Part III brings together a wide range of experts who address these are other questions related to the “autism” construct.

This volume is open for contributions. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of contributing a chapter to this volume, please be in touch with Eric Maisel, PH.D., at ericmaisel@hotmail.com or Chuck Ruby, Ph.D., at docruby@me.com.


Chapter Guidelines

A Chapter will normally be between 3000 and 6000 words, but these are not strict word limits, and can be discussed with the Editor. They should be written in English, and presented to the Editor complete and free of spelling and grammar errors. Please see our Manuscript Submission Guidelines for more information.

Chapter Authors will be asked to sign a simple Contributor Agreement, and to warrant that a Chapter does not infringe any copyright or other rights, and that the Author holds the rights to publish the work.



To discuss or submit a Chapter for consideration in any of the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series, please contact the Editors, or admin@ethicspress.com in the first instance.

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