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Institutionalized Madness: The Interplay of Psychiatry and Society’s Institutions

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Title: Institutionalized Madness
Subtitle: The Interplay of Psychiatry and Society’s Institutions
Subject Classification: Psychology, Counselling, Healthcare, Law and Legal Ethics, Society and Culture 
BIC Classification: JM, LA, MMH
BISAC Classification: PSY031000, PSY036000, MED105000
Binding: Hardback, ebook, pp.(to be confirmed)
Planned Publication date: January 2025
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-656-3
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-657-0


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Institutionalized Madness takes a critical, wide-ranging look at the ways in which psychiatry and the psychiatric “mental disorder” paradigm are embedded within various institutions. It examines how the specialty of psychiatry and its accompanying controversial menu of “mental disorders”, or “mental illnesses” are omnipresent throughout various facets of everyday life.

Issues that will be explored include how psychiatry and the law interact, such as in the areas of guardianship, informed consent, and expert testimony in courts. Other topics covered will be psychiatry’s influence on “Big Pharma,” the role of psychiatric diagnosis in schools (e.g., the provision of school-based services, such as Special Education support), the interplay between psychiatry and government (such as the mandated use of psychiatric diagnosis in healthcare), and more.

In short, this volume attempts to bring to the surface the many differing ways in which psychiatry and mental illness/disorder rhetoric can or do touch our lives, whether we are aware of their influence or not.

Institutionalized Madness is the sixth Volume of the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series.


Editors: Arnoldo Cantú, LCSW is a clinical social worker with experience in school social work and community mental health working with children, adolescents, and their families in a clinical capacity. He is undertaking Doctoral research at Colorado State University (CSU) with an interest in researching conceptual and practical alternatives to the DSM.

Dr. Eric Maisel, Ph.D., 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, among them The Future of Mental Health, Humane Helping, and Rethinking Depression.

Dr. Chuck Ruby, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a licensed psychologist in private practice in southern Maryland who has been offering psychotherapy services for more than 25 years.


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