Medications & Psychiatry
Bipolar, Not So Much
Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression
By Chris Aiken and James Phelps
Review by Hans Krauch on Tue, Oct 31st 2017.
Bipolar, Not So Much by Chris Aiken and James PhelpsBipolar, Not So Much - an excellent book on the nature, symptoms and causes of Bipolardisorder.  Indeed, 'Not-so-much' is a colloquial phrase that attempts to communicate how complex this disorder really is.  The word they use is 'spectrum' – where one falls between a level of depression or mania balanced between a neutral or opposite state of mood.  There is a generally dismissive attitude in the general public about this disorder because of the ubiquity of experiencing highs and lows in everyday life.  Yes, all people experience highs and lows, but that is not the p
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Twilight of American Sanity
A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump
By Allen Frances
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 31st 2017.
Allen Frances has a considerable reputation in psychiatry as one of the main architects of DSM-IV and one of the main critics of DSM-5, and especially some of the proposals for early drafts of DSM-5. He has an active Twitter feed, he used to write a blog for Psychology Today, and he also posted regularly for Psychiatric Times. In his new book he writes about the political crisis facing the USA with the terrible policies proposed by the White House and the incompetent leadership of the President. Frances writes at length of the many problems facing the world today and the ways in which the curr
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Twilight of American Sanity by Allen Frances

Sometimes Amazing Things Happen
Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward
By Elizabeth Ford
Review by Christian Perring on Fri, Oct 13th 2017.
Sometimes Amazing Things Happen by Elizabeth FordBellevue Hospital, looking over the East River, on 26th Street, is 7 miles from Rikers Island, adjacent to La Guardia Airport, and prisoners with severe mental disorders will often move from Rikers to Bellevue when they need assessment or hospitalization. Elizabeth Ford worked for many years at Bellevue, most recently as Director of Forensic Psychiatry. Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward tells the story of many patients she has treated. It is a difficult population to treat, partly of the severity of their problems, and partly
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No One Cares About Crazy People
The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
By Ron Powers
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 3rd 2017.
Powers tells the story of his family in No One Cares About Crazy People. He is married to Honoree and they had 2 boys, Dean and Kevin. Both boys were talented musicians, but both developed major mental illness, and Kevin killed himself when he was 20. So this is a deeply sad and troubling book. But it is also a book full of love and fond memories of the youth of the boys. Powers is a literature professor and he has published many books previously, so he brings the skills of a practiced writer to this memoir. He and his wife started living in New York City, but they moved to Middlebury, Vermont
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No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers

Thomas S. Szasz
The Man and His Ideas
By Jeffrey A. Schaler, Henry Zvi Lothane, and Richard E. Vatz (Editors)
Review by Bob Lane, MA on Tue, Aug 29th 2017.
Thomas S. Szasz by Jeffrey A. Schaler, Henry Zvi Lothane, and Richard E. Vatz (Editors)First from Google: Thomas Stephen Szasz was an American academic, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He served for most of his career as professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Wikipedia Born: April 15, 1920, Budapest, Hungary Died: September 8, 2012, Manlius, New York, United States Known for: Critique of psychiatry Parents: Gyula Szász, Lily Szász Quotes People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it
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Psychiatric Hegemony
A Marxist Theory of Mental Illness
By Bruce Cohen
Review by Sharon Packer, MD on Tue, Feb 21st 2017.
As someone who was an undergraduate in the 1960s, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for reflections on the "anti-psychiatry" era, even when my brain challenges authors' arguments and wonders if their conclusions are built on a proverbial house of cards because their foundation of facts is flawed. Like so many others, tales about R.D. Laing's carnivalesque Kingsley Hall, opened in London's East End in 1965, enchanted me. Laing himself later recanted his colorful clinical theories about curing psychosis by expressing psychotic symptoms full-force. Laing attributed mental illness to a si
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Psychiatric Hegemony by Bruce Cohen

Psychiatry and the Business of Madness
An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting
By Bonnie Burstow
Review by Robert Scott Stewart, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 14th 2017.
Psychiatry and the Business of Madness by Bonnie BurstowPsychiatry and the Business of Madness is, Burstow says, "the culmination of decades of research" (16) in the field of 'anti-psychiatry'. Indeed, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, where Burstow works, has recently created "The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry," which is awarded annually to an OISE student conducting thesis research in the field of antipsychiatry. According to OISE's website, though antipsychiatry research has been conducted for a number of years, this is the first scholarship of its kind (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca
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Life-Threatening Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs
By Peter Manu, Robert J. Flanagan, Kathlyn J. Ronaldson (Editors)
Review by Sandra Steingard, M.D. on Tue, Nov 22nd 2016.
Antipsychotic drugs, initially promoted primarily to treat people diagnosed with schizophrenia, have become widely prescribed in the past two decades. They are increasingly used in the contexts of mood disorders, a more common diagnostic category than schizophrenia, and for children experiencing an array of behavioral problems. While there are many controversies regarding this burgeoning use, it remains crucial, whether one considers them overused or critical to good care, to understand their broad effects beyond the impacts they may have on psychiatric symptoms.  This academic text addre
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Life-Threatening Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs by Peter Manu, Robert J. Flanagan, Kathlyn J. Ronaldson (Editors)

 
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