An essential reading list for everyone involved in mental health today.


Editor’s note

I recently needed to put together a bibliography for a presentation and thought I would share with you. A selection of the most essential books currently on my bookshelf.

I would highly recommend all of them to you for a greater understanding of human distress.



Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature by Aaron T. Beck and Richard P. Bentall (2004)


Doctoring the Mind: Why psychiatric treatments fail by Richard P Bentall (2010)


The New Laws of Psychology: Why Nature and Nurture Alone Can’t Explain Human Behaviour by Peter Kinderman  (2014)


A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing by Peter Kinderman (2014)


Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (International Society for Psychological… by John Read and Jacqui Dillon (2013)


Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery Prof Marius Romme , Dr Sandra Escher , Jacqui Dillon , Dr Dirk CorstensProf Mervyn Morris (2009)


De-Medicalizing Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition by Professor Mark Rapley, Dr Joanna Moncrieff and Ms Jacqui Dillon (2011)


Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Lewis Herman (1997)


Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity by Erving Goffman (1990)


Asylums (Pelican) by Erving Goffman (1968)


The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2010)


Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America… by Robert Whitaker (2011)


Drop the Disorder! Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis  by Jo Watson | 3 Sep 2019


Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker


Recovery and Mental Health: A Critical Sociological Account by Dr David Pilgrim and Ann McCranie (2013)


Key Concepts in Mental Health (SAGE Key Concepts series) David Pilgrim (2009)


The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment by Dr Joanna Moncrieff (9 Sep 2009)


Trauma and Psychosis: New Directions for Theory and Therapy by Warren Larkin and Anthony P. Morrison (28 Sep 2006)


Madness Contested: Power and Practice by Steven Coles, Sarah Keenan and Bob Diamond (2013)


Jaakko Seikkula – Open Dialogue


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