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In Search of Madness: A Psychiatrist's Travels Through the History of Mental Illness (MP3)
Written by:
Brendan Kelly 
Read by:
Ciaran O’Brien 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
8 hours 56 minutes 
MP3 size:
386 MB 
June 01 2022 
Available Date:
June 01 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Lifestyle - Wellbeing; Mind, Body & Spirit; Psychology 
Bolinda/Gill audio 
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NZD$ 44.95
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In Search of Madness is an exploration of society's changing attitudes toward and attempts to deal with its mentally ill, from the author of The Science of Happiness.

Who is ‘mad’? Who is not? And who decides? In this fascinating new exploration of mental illness, Professor Brendan Kelly examines ‘madness’ in history and how we have responded to it over the centuries. We travel from the psychiatric institutions of modern India to scientific studies of the brain in Victorian England. We discover the beginnings of formal asylum care and witness the experimental therapies of the cavernous psychiatric hospitals of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Ireland, England, Belgium, Italy, Germany and the United States. Covering lobotomy, the Nazis’ Aktion T4 campaign, Freud, psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioural therapy and neuroscience, In Search of Madness examines the shift in recent times from ‘psychobabble’ to ‘neurobabble’. This is an all-encompassing history of one of the most basic fears to haunt the human psyche – madness – and it concludes with a passionate manifesto for change: four proposals to make mental health services more effective, accessible and just. Content Warning: This audiobook discusses issues such as depression, suicide, self-harm, mental illness and related matters in direct terms. Some listeners might find certain sections distressing.

'Brendan Kelly does a superb job at tackling that most bedevilling of things – happiness. One thing is for sure, reading this book will bring happiness a step closer in your life!' (on The Science of Happiness)
Professor Luke O’Neill

‘An excellent introduction to the path of meditation … The author describes both how difficult meditation can be in the face of daily distractions and, ultimately, how easy it becomes when simple choices are put in place.’ (on The Doctor Who Sat for a Year)
Michael Harding, author of Staring at Lakes