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  • About the Authors

Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and consultant forensic psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital. She is a group analyst, attachment researcher and has a masters’ degree in medical law and ethics. She can be contacted via e-mail at:

Jeffrey Berman is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of twelve books, including, most recently, Dying to Teach: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning; Death in the Classroom: Writing about Love and Loss; and Companionship in Grief: Love and Loss in the Memoirs of C.S. Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion, and Calvin Trillin. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Pat Bracken is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork, Ireland. He was one of the founders of the Critical Psychiatry Network in the UK. He co-edited the book Rethinking the Trauma of War with Dr Celia Petty, published in 1998. His own book Trauma: Culture, Meaning and Philosophy was published in 2002. With his colleague, Prof Phil Thomas, he published the book Postpsychiatry: A New Direction for Mental Health in 2005. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Adam Brenner is Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Director of Residency Training. He is a psychoanalyst and member of the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Mona Gupta is a staff psychiatrist working in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Her areas of academic interests include bioethics and philosophy of psychiatry, particularly the ethical and philosophical issues involved in the use of evidence-based medicine in psychiatry. She can be contacted via e-mail at:

Bradley Lewis is Associate Professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with affiliated appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. He has dual training in humanities and psychiatry, and he writes and teaches at the interface of medicine, humanities, and cultural studies. Lewis is the author of Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, and the New Psychiatry: Birth of Postpsychiatry and Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Shape Clinical Encounters (forthcoming). He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Mary Nettle became a user of mental health services in 1978 and turned this negative into a positive in 1992 by becoming a mental health user consultant. She is involved in presenting the user perspective in all aspects of mental health with a particular interest in user led research. She is Honorary Fellow of Brunel University in the Centre for Citizen Participation, Honorary [End Page 279] member of the National Institute for Health Research Faculty, member of Health Technology Assessment psychological and community therapies panel, and a member of INVOLVE ensuring the service user voice is included in a meaningful way by those undertaking health, social care and public health research, working as a Mental Health Commissioner for the Care Quality Commission to ensure the rights of patients detained under the 1983 Mental Health Act are upheld. Her voluntary work includes being Chair of the European Network of (ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. She can be contacted via e-mail at:

Christian Perring is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dowling College, New York. He is editor of Metapsychology Online Reviews. His areas of research are in action theory, moral psychology, and the philosophy of psychiatry. He has recently written on the use of counter-narratives as a way to fight stigma. He is currently engaged in a research project on the moral responsibility of people with mental disorders for their symptomatic actions. He can be reached at

Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed is a psychiatrist with a background in philosophy and anthropology. He is currently completing a PhD at University College, London entitled “Subjectivity, Society, and the Experts: Discourses of Madness in the Western Desert of Egypt.” His thesis involves examining the various representations of psychological and behavioral deviance and their incorporation in...


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