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  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847926395
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99

Losing Our Minds

What Mental Illness Really Is - and What It Isn't




A vital corrective and accessible guide to the science of mental illness

Losing Our Minds provides an accessible distillation and empowering guide to the latest science of mental illness, overturning the notion that we are experiencing an 'epidemic' of mental illness, especially among young people.

Much progress has been made in recent years to promote awareness and openness around mental illness. But academic psychologist Dr Lucy Foulkes argues that a wider understanding of what actually constitutes mental illness is still lacking. As a result, psychiatric terminology is widely overused and misapplied, and the distinction between clinical conditions that require medical treatment - such as depression and anxiety disorders - as opposed to the normal challenges of human experience - such as sadness, stress and anxiety - are being lost. Confusion arises because such distinctions are often hard to make but understanding and preserving them is essential if we are properly to care for those who are ill, equip ourselves to cope with life's unavoidable mental challenges and provide the right kind of support that each demands.

Drawing on her expert understanding of the scientific literature as well as personal experience, Losing Our Minds will present a comprehensive and sympathetic overview of the state of our current knowledge about the causes and nature of the most prevalent mental illnesses, how and when they develop, and the effectiveness of current treatments. It will also make clear what remains unknown, setting the record straight about this often controversial, misunderstood and politicised subject.

  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847926395
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Lucy Foulkes

Dr Lucy Foulkes was a lecturer in psychology at the University of York from 2018 until 2020, when became an associate editor and staff writer at Aeon. She has written for the Guardian and The Conversation, has appeared in BBC television programmes about mental illness and hosted a month long residency at the Science Museum. Losing Our Minds is her first book.

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