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 volume 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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Deconstructing ADHD: Mental Disorder or Social Construct?

Millions of children and their parents worldwide are affected by the current biomedical paradigm by which childhood mental illnesses are addressed. This volume focuses on the “mental disorder” known as ADHD and examines whether or not it should be considered a mental disorder, and how the observable behaviors that get a child an ADHD label can be remediated without the use of powerful gateway chemicals.

Published November 2022 and available now

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Chapter Guidelines

A Chapter will normally be between 3,000 and 6,000 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 at admin@ethicspress.com.

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