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Horwitz, Allan V.

Works: 15 works in 82 publications in 4 languages and 6,474 library holdings
Genres: History  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author
Classifications: RC531, 616.8522
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Most widely held works by Allan V Horwitz
The loss of sadness : how psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and French and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depression has become the single most commonly treated mental disorder, amid claims that one out of ten Americans suffer from this disorder every year and 25% succumb at some point in their lives. Warnings that depressive disorder is a leading cause of worldwide disability have been accompanied by a massive upsurge in the consumption of antidepressant medication, widespread screening for depression in clinics and schools, and a push to diagnose depression early, on the basis of just a few symptoms, in order to prevent more severe conditions from developing. In this book the authors argue that, while depressive disorder certainly exists and can be a devastating condition warranting medical attention, the apparent epidemic in fact reflects the way the psychiatric profession has understood and reclassified normal human sadness as largely an abnormal experience. In telling the story behind this phenomenon, the authors draw on the 2,500-year history of writing about depression, including studies in both the medical and social sciences, to demonstrate why the DSM's diagnosis is so flawed. They also explore why it has achieved almost unshakable currency despite its limitations. Framed within an evolutionary account of human health and disease, the book presents a dissection of depression as both a normal and disordered human emotion and a critique of current psychiatric diagnostic practices. The result is a challenge to the diagnostic revolution that began almost thirty years ago in psychiatry and an analysis of one of the most significant mental health issues today. -- From book jacket
Anxiety : a short history by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More people today report feeling anxious than ever before, even while living in relatively safe and prosperous modern societies. Almost one in five people experiences an anxiety disorder each year, and more than a quarter of the population admits to an anxiety condition at some point in their lives. Here the author, a sociologist of mental illness and mental health, narrates how this condition has been experienced, understood, and treated through the ages, from Hippocrates, through Freud, to today. Anxiety is rooted in an ancient part of the brain, and our ability to be anxious is inherited from species far more ancient than humans. Anxiety is often adaptive: it enables us to respond to threats. But when normal fear yields to what psychiatry categorizes as anxiety disorders, it becomes maladaptive. As the author explores the history and multiple identities of anxiety including melancholia, nerves, neuroses, phobias, and so on, it becomes clear that every age has had its own anxieties and that culture plays a role in shaping how anxiety is expressed. -- From Publisher's website
Creating mental illness by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this surprising book, Allan V. Horwitz argues that our current conceptions of mental illness as a disease fit only a small number of serious psychological conditions--and that most conditions currently regarded as mental illnesses are cultural constructions, normal reactions to stressful social circumstances, or simply forms of deviant behavior."--Back cover
The logic of social control by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Logic of Social Control illustrates the nature of scientific progress. Indeed, it is a model of modern sociology. The investigation of social control--how people define and respond to deviant behavior--began at the turn of the century and has continued at a steadily increasing rate across a broadening range of phenomena. First came inquiries into the evolution of law--one of the most sophisticated and controversial forms of social control in modern societies. Anthropologists discovered, however, that simpler societies often handle deviant behavior entirely without governmental institutions such as the police, courts, or legislatures, in fact, without government or law at all... [This book] is the most comprehensive study of social control ever written. It offers at once a statement of the paradigm guiding the field, an inventory of existing knowledge, and a wide array of new formulations extending the theoretical frontiers of the field. -- taken from Foreword
All we have to fear : psychiatry's transformation of natural anxieties into mental disorders by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anxiety is ubiquitous in everyday life and avoiding sources of anxiety is often at the core of our everyday choices and can even shape our life plans. But why are we all so anxious, when is this normal uniqueness as opposed to a diagnosable anxiety disorder, and why have anxiety disorders become more prevalent than ever? In All We Have to Fear, Horwitz and Wakefield argue that psychiatry has largely generated this epidemic by inflating our socially inconvenient, yet natural, fears into psychiatric disorders and ignoring our biologically designed natures, thus allowing the overdiagnosis of anxiety disorders and facilitating a culture of medicalization. The result is a society that is afraid of natural, biologically designed feelings of fear and, overall, anxious about feeling anxious. All We Have to Fear argues that only by paying attention to our evolutionary shaping can we understand ourselves, our fears, what is normal versus disordered in what we fear, and make informed choices about how to approach these fears. The mismatch between our natures, environment, and our fears is not pathological, but rather reveals the forces that shaped us and provides an "emotional time machine," shedding light on who we were when we were shaped as a species, and thus, allowing us more insight into who we are today. Readership: The educated lay reader is the main audience for this book, although academics in a variety of fields who study mental illness in general and anxiety in particular will also be interested. The book is relevant to psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, public health researchers, and anthropologists among others. Students in upper-level undergraduate and graduate topics in any discipline in courses that deal with mental illness will also be interested in this book
Diagnosis, therapy, and evidence : conundrums in modern American medicine by Gerald N Grob( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Diagnosis, Therapy, and Evidence, Gerald N. Grob and Allan V. Horwitz employ historical and contemporary data and case studies, combining into one book a variety of medical and psychiatric conditions. They utilize case studies and examine tonsillectomy, cancer, heart disease, PTSD, anxiety, and depression, and identify differences between rhetoric and reality and the weaknesses in diagnosis and treatment
The loss of sadness : how psychiatry transformed normal misery into depressive disorder by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Loss of Sadness' argues that the increased prevalence of major depressive disorder is due not to a genuine rise in mental disease, as many claim, but to the way that normal human sadness has been 'pathologised' since 1980
Social contexts, theories and systems( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sore wa utsu dewa nai : Donna kanashimi mo utsu ni sareteshimau riyu by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Den förlorade sorgsenheten : hur psykiatrin förvandlade normal sorg till en depressiv störning by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Swedish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are emotional distress and alcohol problems differential outcomes to stress? : an exploratory test by Allan V Horwitz( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ethnic differences in caregiving duties and burdens among parents and siblings of persons with severe mental illnesses by Allan V Horwitz( )

1 edition published in 1995 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A handbook for the study of mental health social contexts, theories, and systems( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This book offers the ... comprehensive presentation of the sociology of mental health and illness, including original, contemporary contributions by experts in the relevant aspects of the field. [The book] cover[s] the general perspectives in the field, the social determinants of mental health, and current policy areas affecting mental health services. [It] is designed for classroom use in the fields of sociology, social work, human relations, human services, and psychology. With its useful definitions, overview of the historical, social, and institutional frameworks for understanding mental health and illness, and non-technical style, the text is suitable for advanced undergraduate or lower level graduate students. -Back cover
The logic of social control by Allan V Horwitz( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Horwitz, A. V.

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Creating mental illnessThe logic of social controlDiagnosis, therapy, and evidence : conundrums in modern American medicineThe loss of sadness : how psychiatry transformed normal misery into depressive disorderSocial contexts, theories and systemsThe logic of social control