Medications & Psychiatry
Drop the Disorder!
Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis
By Jo Watson
Review by Michelle Joy, MD on Tue, Dec 17th 2019.
Drop the Disorder! by Jo WatsonI write this as a psychiatrist of two minds.  But, first, the Drop the Disorder!… This book is a collection of essays inspired by the event – and eventually series of events – called "A Disorder for Everyone!" (AD4E) hosted by authors Jo Watson (book editor) and Dr. Lucy Johnstone in the United Kingdom.  The introduction of the book explains these events as having 2 primary goals: 1) challenging the culture of diagnosing psychiatric problems as disorders and 2) reinterpreting mental health symptoms as distress embedded in social context.  The book itself is a
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The Medical Model in Mental Health
An Explanation and Evaluation
By Ahmed Samei Huda
Review by Duncan Double on Tue, Nov 26th 2019.
Samei Huda, the author of this book, a prolific tweeter @SameiHuda, is primarily a clinical psychiatrist rather than an academic. The book is written to try to justify what he recognizes as his intrinsic bias in favor of the medical model in psychiatry. From his point of view, psychiatry shouldn’t be caricatured as unscientific, treating non-existent diseases with ineffective and toxic drugs. Contrasting the rest of medicine as scientific and treating known diseases effectively unnecessarily polarizes debate. Huda makes the case that many of the concerns about psychiatric diagnosis and
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The Medical Model in Mental Health by Ahmed Samei Huda

Mind Fixers
Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness
By Anne Harrington
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Sep 10th 2019.
Mind Fixers by  Anne HarringtonAnne Harrington is a historian of science at Harvard who specializes in the sciences of the mind and brain. Her slightly out of date home page reports that the title of the book she is working on is The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry: What Really Happened?  The title she ended up with, Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness, is not just more catchy but also more indicative of Harrington's scepticism about the so-called biological revolution that is meant to have transformed our understanding of mental disorders. There have been
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Critical Psychiatry
Controversies and Clinical Implications
By Sandra Steingard (Editor)
Review by Duncan Double on Tue, May 21st 2019.
In a tweet, Sandra Steingard, the editor of this book, says that her book is "The only current guide to critical psychiatry". There are in fact several other books with the same title 'Critical psychiatry'. The first was by David Ingleby (1980), who probably coined the term. My own edited book (2006) deliberately echoed this title and was written after the formation of the Critical Psychiatry Network  in 1999. More recent publications - okay, David's and my books may be somewhat dated - include Critical psychiatry and mental health: Exploring the work of Suman Fernando in clinic
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Critical Psychiatry by Sandra Steingard (Editor)

Exercise-Based Interventions for Mental Illness
Physical Activity as Part of Clinical Treatment
By Brendon Stubbs and Simon Rosenbaum (Editors)
Review by Roy Sugarman, PhD on Tue, Dec 11th 2018.
Exercise-Based Interventions for Mental Illness by Brendon Stubbs and Simon Rosenbaum (Editors)It has been known for some time that exercise was more likely to benefit brain health and neuronal connectivity than sitting on a computer playing brain games. For more than a decade, authors such as John Ratey (a psychiatrist) alongside these authors have recognized that various growth factors are released by robust exercise, including BDNF and other brain-trophic chemistry (Simon is in fact a colleague in my faculty at UNSW in Sydney). Other conditions, such as chronic pain are now known to be classed as 'neuroplasticity gone wild' and we have known since 2011 and earlier that this was not
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Pharmaceutical Freedom
Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate
By Jessica Flanigan
Review by David Teira, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 20th 2018.
Most academic philosophers live in a world of pharmaceutical paternalism: new treatments are subject to premarket approval by State regulatory agencies, and patients will only be able to access them through medical prescription. Outside academic philosophy, there has been a long tradition of pharmaceutical libertarianism, advocating for allowing patients to take their risks with experimental treatments without State or medical interference. Precisely because this tradition has had almost no philosophical echo, Jessica Flanigan's Pharmaceutical Freedom was a necessary book. Its broad claims and
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Pharmaceutical Freedom by Jessica Flanigan

Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics
Development, Dispensing, and Use
By Dien Ho (Editor)
Review by Hans Krauch, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 30th 2018.
Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics by Dien Ho (Editor) Pharmaceutics is the foundation of contemporary medicine. Indeed, there are few ailments that plague mankind today where we cannot prescribe some kind of drug. The philosophy of ethics is that which shapes and forms the bricks of that foundation of medicine – to bring medicine back to its original purpose of eliminating/reducing suffering and improving quality of life. The practice of medicine has taken a bureaucratic/corporate nature over the last century -- meaning government regulation and corporate finance mandates the direction drugs find their way to patients. When the importance
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The Sedated Society
The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic
By James Davies (Editor)
Review by Daniel J. Dunleavy on Tue, Jan 23rd 2018.
The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of Our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic is an edited volume by anthropologist and psychotherapist James Davies (Reader at the University of Roehampton, London). In The Sedated Society, Davies, co-founder of the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry (CEP), brings together nine "critically-minded" writers within the area of psychopharmacology. Readers familiar with the critical psychiatry literature will be familiar with names such as Peter Breggin, Peter Gøtzsche, Joanna Moncrieff, and Robert Whitaker. Other contributors include psychologist Peter Kinde
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The Sedated Society by James Davies (Editor)

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