Challenging ideas in mental health
Challenging ideas in mental health

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Challenging ideas in mental health


This free course is based on materials from the Open University course K272 Challenging ideas in mental health which is no longer available. It was updated in May 2021.

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Reading 1: Perkins, R. (1999) ‘Madness, distress and the language of inclusion, Openmind, Vol 98, Jul/Aug 1999, © 1999 Mind (National Association for Mental Health).

Reading 2: Rose, D (2001) ‘Terms of engagement’, Openmind, Vol.108, Mar/Apr 2001. pp. 16–17 © 2001 Mind (National Association for Mental Health).


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Figure 13: Valium advertisement from American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 121 (1965), pp. xxii–xiii;

Figure 14: Valium advertisement from Archives of General Psychiatry, Vol. 22 (1970), p. 481;

Figure 15: Prozac advertisement from Self, March 1998, p. 19.


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The extracts are taken from the course K272 Challenging ideas in mental health Copyright © 2004 The Open University.

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