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A History of Self-Harm in Britain

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Book Series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective ISBN: 9781137529626 Year: Pages: 268 DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-52962-6 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Science (General) --- Psychiatry --- Medicine (General) --- History
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This book is open access under a CC BY license and charts the rise and fall of various self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It puts self-cutting and overdosing into historical perspective, linking them to the huge changes that occur in mental and physical healthcare, social work and wider politics.

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980

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Book Series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective ISBN: 9781137448880 Year: Pages: 215 DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-44888-0 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Psychiatry --- Gender Studies --- History
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This book is open access under a CC BY license and explores the under-researched history of male mental illness from the mid-twentieth century. It argues that statistics suggesting women have been more vulnerable to depression and anxiety are misleading since they underplay a host of alternative presentations of 'distress' more common in men.

A History of Self-Harm in Britain

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ISBN: 9781137529619 9781137529626 Year: Pages: 268 DOI: 10.1057/9781137529626 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature Grant: Wellcome Trust - 89708
Subject: Medicine (General)
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This book is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization and the wider rise of neoliberal politics. Appreciation of history and politics is vital to understanding the psychological concerns over these self-harming behaviours.

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