Kerstin Kempker & Peter Lehmann (eds.)
Instead of psychiatry

(= Statt Psychiatrie)

Kerstin Kempker Soft cover, 384 pages, published in the German language, ISBN 3-925931-07-4. Berlin: Peter Lehmann Antipsychiatrieverlag 1993. Completely sold out

Totally new editions in German ("Statt Psychiatrie 2"), English ("Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry") edited by Peter Stastny & Peter Lehmann in 2007 [ebook editions in English and German in 2021], in Greek ("Αντί της ψυχιατρικής"), edited by Peter Lehmann, Peter Stastny & Anna Emmanouelidou in 2012), in Marathi ("Shodh: Psychiatry pallikadill vatancha", edited by Bhargavi Davar, Peter Lehmann & Peter Stastny)
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50 lawyers, medical practioners, therapists, psychiatrists, relatives, politicans, social scientists, and survivors of psychiatry from all over the world report about their antipsychiatric work, their objectives and successes, their alliances and difficulties, wishes and experiences. The book reflects the possibilites of self-help, today already existing, even in case of acute madness. The natural healer Anna Ochsenknecht presents the first time naturopath support in case of psychic problems and withdrawal from psychopharmaceutics. Jeffrey Masson, former psychoanalyst and director of the Sigmund-Freud-Archives, puts attention on the danger of (ab)use of power within normal psychotherapy. Former issues: "When the children's psychiatrist comes ...", "Elderly against psychiatry: guardianship and pills or own will", "Ethical codex of feministic therapy", "Mad genes: psychiatry in the era of gene-technology", "On the way to a ban of electroshock" etc.

"Instead of Psychiatry" makes the psychiatric special laws in the German-speaking countries transparent for victims and relatives and shows, which paragraphs can be used to defend the right of self-determination.

Kate Millett, author of "Sexus and Power", discovers the job-political and financial interests, which are hidden behind the expansion of the medical model. Inside their chapter "Wege zum Ausstieg aus der Psychiatrie" (= "Ways to bail out of psychiatry") Don Weitz (psychologist and survivor of psychiatry in Toronto), Peter Stastny (psychiatrist in New York and Vienna) and Peter Lehmann (survivor of psychiatry and author of "Der chemische Knebel" [= "The Chemical Gag"] ) draw the conclusions from the systematically psychiatric misuse of power; only strong rights of victims and survivors of psychiatry and financial ressoures for autonomous self-help groups and antipsychiatric organisations give a chance to alter the conditions in a positive way.


About the authors

Antipsychiatric practice

  • "What helps me if I go mad?", with contributions by Ernst Kostal (Austria), Harold A. Mayo (USA), Paula Abalanda (Germany), E. H.-S. (Germany), U.N. Terwegs (Germany), Zoran Solomun (Belgrad/Berlin), Irit Shimrat (Canada), Maths Jesperson (Sweden), A. H. (Germany), Thilo von Trotha (Germany), Christa Wyss (Switzerland), Peter Lehmann, Anna Guerrini (Italy), Kerstin Kempker, Andy Smith (England), Kerstin Friebel (former GDR), J. B. (Belgrad/Berlin).

  • "When the children's psychiatrist comes ...", by Seth Farber (USA)

  • "Elderly against psychiatry: guardianship and pills or the own will", by Trude Unruh (Germany)

  • "A look that doesn't cheat", by J. B. & Zoran Solomun

  • "The balance of the soul: naturopath support in case of psychic problems and withdrawal from psychopharmaceutics", by Anna Ochsenknecht (Germany)

Antipsychiatry, medicine, therapy

  • "The tyranny of psychotherapy", by Jeffrey M. Masson (USA)

  • "Head, belly, psychoboom", by Urs Ruckstuhl (Switzerland)

  • "Ethical codex of feministic therapy", by Bonnie Burstow (Canada)

  • "Mad genes: psychiatry in the era of gene-technology", by Marc Rufer (Switzerland)

  • "On the way to a ban of electroshocks", by Peter R. Breggin (USA)

Antipsychiatry, law, injustice

  • "Psychex—a Swizzer experiment", by Peter Rippmann (Switzerland)

  • "Coercive psychiatry in Switzerland—what now?", by Edmund Schönenberger (Switzerland)

  • "Coercive psychiatric committment and treatment in Austria", by Peter Sönser & Günther Fisslthaler (Austria)

  • "Coercive psychiatry and treatment in Germany: an advicer for victims", by Rudolf Winzen (Germany)

  • "Theory and practice of the Psychiatric Will", by Peter Lehmann

  • "The Psychiatric Will: model-text and directions", by Hubertus Rolshoven & Peter Rudel (Germany)

Antipsychiatric selfhelp

  • "Experiences and future orientations of the Northamerican antipsychiatric and selfhelp-movement", by Judi Chamberlin (USA)

  • "The European network of (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry", by Karl Bach Jensen (Denmark)

  • "The mad(wo)men's offensive: possibilities and limits of antipsychiatric selfhelp", by Tina Stöckle (Germany)

  • "A look back upon 12 years of antipsychiatric selfhelp"—2 interviews with Ludger Bruckmann (Germany)

Antipsychiatry, politics

  • "Personal motivations for antipsychiatric acting", with contributions by Lothar Jändke (Germany), Don Weitz (Canada), Alfredo Moffatt (Argentinia), Peter R. Breggin, Bonnie Burstow, Wolfgang Fehse (Germany), Sylvia Marcos (Mexico), Gisela Wirths (Germany), Peter Stastny (USA/Austria), Theodor Itten (Switzerland), Sabine Nitz-Spatz (Germany), Kerstin Kempker, Thilo von Trotha, Uta Wehde (Germany)

  • "Mental illness—a phantom", by Kate Millett (USA)

  • "Women against violence in society and psychiatry: a feminstic analysis by 7 Canadian and US-American women who survived psychiatry", prefaces by Judi Chamberlin & Jeanne Dumont (USA)

  • "Antipsychiatry and politics: 20 years of resistance in the USA", by David Oaks (USA)

  • "Ways to bail out of the psychiatry", by Peter Lehmann, Peter Stastny & Don Weitz

Adresses of antipsychiatric and psychiatry-critical organisations, selfhelp-groups and magazines from all over the world