Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

Basic Books - Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps whitaker's most damning revelation, mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects.

A haunting, deeply compassionate book-now revised with a new introduction-Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of "insanity, " and what we value most about the human mind. In mad in america, medical journalist robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy.





Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Broadway Books - Finally, he reports on innovative programs of psychiatric care in Europe and the United States that are producing good long-term outcomes. Broadway Books. Are long-term recovery rates higher for medicated or unmedicated schizophrenia patients? does taking an antidepressant decrease or increase the risk that a depressed person will become disabled by the disorder? Do bipolar patients fare better today than they did forty years ago, did they determine that stimulants provide any benefit?  By the end of this review of the outcomes literature, or much worse? When the National Institute of Mental Health NIMH studied the long-term outcomes of children with ADHD, readers are certain to have a haunting question of their own: Why have the results from these long-term studies—all of which point to the same startling conclusion—been kept from the public?  In this compelling history, Whitaker also tells the personal stories of children and adults swept up in this epidemic.

Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, and by the late 1980s, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, in fact, they had their answer. What is going on? anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves.

Readers will be startled—and dismayed—to discover what was reported in the scientific journals. Then comes the scientific query at the heart of this book: during the past fifty years, what did they find? did they discover that the drugs help people stay well? Function better? Enjoy good physical health? Or did they find that these medications, less able to function well, when investigators looked at how psychiatric drugs affected long-term outcomes, increase the likelihood that people will become chronically ill, for some paradoxical reason, more prone to physical illness?  This is the first book to look at the merits of psychiatric medications through the prism of long-term results.

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America - Updated edition with bonus material, 100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, 1, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, including a new foreword and afterword with new researchIn this astonishing and startling book, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children.

First, whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders.





Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life

William Morrow Paperbacks - Today, however, millions of people who are really no more than "worried well" are being diagnosed as having a mental disorder and receiving unnecessary treatment. Frances cautions that the newest edition of the "bible of psychiatry, " the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 DSM-5, is turning our current diagnostic inflation into hyperinflation by converting millions of "normal" people into "mental patients.

Saving normal is a call to all of us to reclaim the full measure of our humanity. International bestsellera deeply fascinating and urgently important critique of the widespread medicalization of normalityAnyone living a full, sorrows, stresses, disappointments, rich life experiences ups and downs, and setbacks.

Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life - William Morrow Company. We also shift responsibility for our mental well-being away from our own naturally resilient brains and into the hands of "Big Pharma, " who are reaping multi-billion-dollar profits. In saving normal, explains why stigmatizing a healthy person as mentally ill leads to unnecessary, one of the world's most influential psychiatrists, harmful medications, the misallocation of medical resources, the narrowing of horizons, Allen Frances, and the draining of the budgets of families and the nation.

Broadway Books.





Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness

Oxford University Press - Each section of readings opens with a "sensitizing" introduction that outlines key questions, specific matters for student consideration, and ways in which social scientists approach relevant substantive issues. Featuring memorable, first-person accounts of mentally ill individuals, Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness allows students to connect directly with real-life "experts" who know mental illness all too intimately.

William Morrow Company. Broadway Books. This unique anthology addresses a variety of central topics surrounding mental illness, hospitalization, including suicide, the experiences of caregivers, the meanings of medication, and the stigma attached to mental illness. Comprehensive enough to be used throughout a course--but brief enough to be combined with other supplementary materials or a full-scale textbook--Voices from the Inside is ideal for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses on the sociology of mental health and illness.

Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness - The thought-provoking discussion questions following each set of readings are designed to foster vibrant class discussion. One of sociology's most important missions is giving voice to those whose experiences are typically otherwise blunted, marginalized, or simply ignored. It can also be used in courses in medical sociology, nursing and mental health, social work and mental health, and abnormal psychology.





Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness, Updated and Expanded Edition

Oxford University Press - In addition, he offers a clear perspective on the consequences of wholesale medicalization permeating cultural treatment of depression, and calls for a movement to listen to and to voice the experiences of the marginalized. Speaking of sadness remains distinctive in its dedication to recounting stories and discovering clear patterns in them.

Karp brings the private experience of depression into sharp relief, drawing on a remarkable series of intimate interviews with fifty depressed men and women. This book will bring new understanding to professionals seeking to see the world as their clients do, and provide vivid insights and renewed empathy to anyone who cares for someone living with the cruel unpredictability of depression.

Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness, Updated and Expanded Edition - Combining a scholar's care and thoroughness with searing personal insight, David A. We hear what depression feels like, nurses, what it means to receive an "official" clinical diagnosis, social workers, sociologists, and what depressed persons think of the battalion of mental health experts--doctors, psychologists, and therapists--employed to help them.

Oxford university Press USA. By turns poignant, and wise, disturbing, mordantly funny, Karp's interviews cause us to marvel at the courage of depressed people in dealing with extraordinary and debilitating pain. William Morrow Company. He traces his personal depression journey along with the reception of his readers since the book's original publication.

Broadway Books.





Written Off: Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential

Cambridge University Press - Broadway Books. William Morrow Company. It reviews theory, research, and history - illustrated with a multitude of personal stories - in four major areas. Written-off tells the story of how mental health stigma comes to have a profound impact on the lives of people diagnosed with mental illnesses. These areas are: the prevalence and predictors of negative attitudes and behaviors toward mental illness, the impact of community attitudes and behaviors on the self-perceptions of people diagnosed with mental illness, the impact of self-perceptions on the community participation of people diagnosed with mental illness, and how to change self-perceptions through a variety of approaches.

Oxford university Press USA.





Mental Health and Social Policy: Beyond Managed Care 6th Edition Advancing Core Competencies

Pearson - Oxford university Press USA. Broadway Books. Learning goals upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Understand the nature, origins, distribution and consequences of mental disorders. Rooted in research findings that support an evidence-based orientation to treatment and recovery, the sixth edition of Mental Health and Social Policy takes a multidisciplinary approach to mental health and social policy.

. Examine the services, programs, and social policies developed to assist people with mental health problems. The most authoritative evidence-based approach to mental health policy and design. It examines the nature, origins, distribution, programs, and consequences of disorders, while detailing information on the services, and social policies that have been developed to assist people with mental health problems.

Mental Health and Social Policy: Beyond Managed Care 6th Edition Advancing Core Competencies - Used book in Good Condition. William Morrow Company.





CBT for Psychosis: A Symptom-based Approach The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

Routledge - William Morrow Company. Used book in Good Condition. Broadway Books. Routledge. Stressing the important connection between mental illness and mental health, further topics of discussion include: the assessment and formulation of psychotic symptoms how to treat psychotic symptoms using CBT CBT for specific and co-morbid conditions CBT of bipolar disorders.

. This book offers a new approach to understanding and treating psychotic symptoms using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT. Cbt for psychosis shows how this approach clears the way for a shift away from a biological understanding and towards a psychological understanding of psychosis. Oxford university Press USA.

CBT for Psychosis: A Symptom-based Approach The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series - This book brings together international experts from different aspects of this fast developing field and will be of great interest to all mental health professionals working with people suffering from psychotic symptoms.





The Cult of Thinness

Oxford University Press - Hesse-biber goes beyond traditional psychological explanations of eating disorders to level a powerful indictment against the social, ironically, political, and economic pressures women face in a weight-obsessed society--a society that is, becoming increasingly more fat while worshipping a progressively more thin ideal.

And they are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get that way, even to the point of starving themselves. Why are america's women so preoccupied with weight? is there more to this preoccupation than weight alone? what has caused record numbers of young women--even before they reach their teenage years--to suffer from weight obsession, poor body image, Am I Thin Enough Yet? OUP, Second Edition--a revised and expanded version of Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber's award-winning book, and disordered eating? Why are some young women able to resist cultural pressures to be thin when others are not? Are there factors within American society that have fueled current outbreaks of anorexia and bulimia? The Cult of Thinness, 1996--answers these questions and more.

The Cult of Thinness - She looks at pressures coming from their families and friends that perpetuate their cult-like practices and evaluates a range of therapies and personal and collective actions available to help women overcome their weight obsessions and eating problems. Hesse-biber provides new frameworks for envisioning femininity and personal power, strengthening the inner self, overcoming body insecurity, and changing the cultural environment itself.

Whether they are rich or poor, liberal or conservative, thriving or stagnant, religious or atheist, most American women have one thing in common--they want to be thin--or thinner. Broadway Books. Routledge.





Hallucinations

Vintage - William Morrow Company. Used book in Good Condition. Routledge. Hallucinations doubtless lie behind many mythological traditions, literary inventions, and  religious epiphanies. These sensory distortions range from the shimmering zigzags of a visual migraine to powerful visions brought on by fever, sensory deprivation, injuries, drugs, exhaustion, or even grief.

To many people, hallucinations imply madness, but in fact they are a common part of the human experience. Vintage Books. Drawing on his own experiences, the legendary neurologist oliver sacks investigates the mystery of these sensory deceptions: what they say about the working of our brains, how they have influenced our folklore and culture, and famous historical examples ranging from Dostoevsky to Lewis Carroll, a wealth of clinical cases from among his patients, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all.

Hallucinations - Oxford university Press USA. Broadway Books.





Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

Routledge - Models of madness will be essential reading for all involved in mental health, social workers, psychotherapists, family members, nurses, policy makers, psychoanalysts, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, including service users, counsellors, occupational therapists, service managers, art therapists.

Are best understood as reactions to adverse life events and that psychological and social approaches to helping are more effective and far safer than psychiatric drugs and electroshock treatment. A new final chapter discusses why such a damaging ideology has come to dominate mental health and, most importantly, how to change that.

Oxford university Press USA. Are primarily caused by adverse life events eg. Routledge. Section three presents the evidence for a range of effective psychological and social approaches to treatment, from cognitive and family therapy to primary prevention. It provides an evidence-based, optimistic antidote to the pessimism of biological psychiatry.

Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series - In particular it challenges beliefs that madness can be explained without reference to social causes and challenges the excessive preoccupation with chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions as causes of human misery, including the conditions that are given the name 'schizophrenia'. This edition updates the now extensive body of research showing that hallucinations, delusions etc.

Routledge. Models of madness is divided into three sections: section One provides a history of madness, including examples of violence against the ‘mentally ill’, before critiquing the theories and treatments of contemporary biological psychiatry and documenting the corrupting influence of drug companies.