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Problems and Polemics A Discourse on Mental Ill-Health

Sam Smith

Lightning Source POD



Problems and Polemics is intended to be a critical (sceptical) look at what passes for current mental health practice within ‘the community’. Throughout the mental health field now, both with those diagnosed unwell and with their ‘treatments’, there are many disagreements over, and holes in, the reasoning processes of the professionals – purported ‘cures’ often being as illogical as the ‘illnesses’, the human fallibility of the professionals at odds with the ‘therapeutic environments’ that they are supposed to maintain. And it is because of the disparate nature of mental health practise that I have found that poetry (or prose poetry if you’d prefer) conveys, in book form, far more accurately the fragmentary realities of the world of mental ill-health – carers & cared-for – rather than straightforward prose, with its temptations to argue a singular point of view, subjecting all to the author’s template.


Product Format: Paperback

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