Shunned: Discrimination Against People With Mental Illness
J Clin Psychiatry 2007;68(12):1990-1991 [book review]
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Graham Thornicroft, the Head of the Health Service Research Department of the Institute of Psychiatry in London, U.K., has given us probably the most complete recent synopsis of the ways in which persons with mental illnesses are discriminated against, particularly in developed countries, such as England and the United States. The book draws from extensive research studies and professional experience, and effectively utilizes quotes from users of mental health services. Topics covered include the reactions of family members, multiple housing problems, and issues with friendships and other social relationships, including marriage, divorce, and having/raising children. Practical issues such as problems obtaining drivers’ licenses, purchasing insurance policies, and obtaining voting rights are also addressed.