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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing
Rise of Mental Illness in America, by Robert Whitaker.
Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the
Mentally Ill (2001)by award-winning Robert Whitaker is the book to read to
understand what is really going on with psychiatric medications.
Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meaning of Madness, by Gail
Hornstein, PhD. There are very few books by people who have not
experienced the mental illness system from the wrong side of the locked doors
who have been able to accurately convey what it is like.
in America is one and
Agnes's Jacket another. This is no doubt due to Dr. Hornstein's
life-long interest in
first person narratives of people who have experienced madness. In
Agnes's Jacket, Dr. Hornstein has used various threads, all from the voices
of patients or former patients, to stitch together a rich embroidery of history,
hope, recovery, and madness, the latter of which is mostly society's response to
people experiencing these phenomena.
Community Mental Health: A Practical Guide (1994) by Loren Mosher and Lorenzo
Burti is an incredible book that is exactly what it says it is: a practical
guide to effective mental health services. This no-nonsense, but very
practical book includes sections that one doesn't expect. However, when
you are done with this book, you will know how a mental health system should
be organized if the goal is to get the maximum number of people better as
contributing members of society.
Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, by
Joanna Moncrieff, is a meticulously researched and presented analysis of the
lack of science behind current psychiatric drug regimes and how we got here.
Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance, by Loren Mosher and Voyce Hendrix
with Deborah Fort (2004), provides an intimate day to day look at the
Soteria-House alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, which proved that a
safe environment with empathic helpers who were not freaked out by people's
madness resulted in far better outcomes for people than standard hospital
treatment with neuroleptics. This book is an easy read, is entirely
absorbing, yet provides a wealth of information on how such an alternative can
be put together. It also posits the key ingredients for success.
"Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs:
A Guide to Informed Consent," by Grace E. Jackson, M.D., published in late July, 2005, is
the definitive work in our view regarding the drugs that are covered.
Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: The Treatment of Choice (Jason
Aronson,1996), by Bertram P. Karon and Gary R. Vandenbos, describes the
essential elements for successful treatment through psychotherapy of people
diagnosed with schizophrenia from the authors' personal experience as well
as present the seminal study on the overwhelming advantage of psychotherapy to
medication when performed by motivated therapists with relevant training
Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry
and Depression (Medicine, Culture, and History), by David Healy (2006).
This is a fascination, but disturbing, look behind the scenes look at research,
drug approvals and litigation of an unsafe drug by one of the most preeminent
scholars of psychopharmacology in the world.
From Placebo to Panacea: Putting Psychiatric Drugs to the Test
Fisher and Roger Greenberg editors is a very rigorous academic review of the
research regarding psychiatric drugs finding there is inadequate scientific
information to conclude that psychoactive drugs are substantially more effective
than placebos. It is pricey ($125)
Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to
Schizophrenia, by John Read (Editor). In this book various
contributing authors demonstrate that hallucinations and delusions are
understandable reactions to life events and circumstances rather than symptoms
of a supposed genetic predisposition or biological disturbance.
Dante's Cure, by Dr. Dan Dorman is a compelling true account of a young woman's
descent into psychosis and then, through, hard work, understanding and, most
importantly, having a psychiatrist willing to spend the time and have a true
caring relationship, back from
with Dr. Dorman.
The Hidden Prejudice: Mental Disability on Trial, by Professor Michael L.
Perlin, is the definitive work on the way people diagnosed with mental illness
are treated in the courts. Prof. Perlin discusses how "sanism," which is
like racism against people with mental illness, and "pretextuality," which is an
excuse to ignore faulty evidence on the pretext of improving society creates a
pattern of prejudice against people diagnosed with mental illness that keeps
them from receiving equal treatment under the law.
- Books by Peter Breggin, M.D. (and collaborators)
Why Therapy, Empathy, and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and
Biochemical Theories of the New Psychiatry (1994) is Dr. Breggin's seminal work exposing what psychiatric
treatments really do to patients and how the psychiatric profession became so
beholden to the pharmaceutical industry.
Your Drug May be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric
(2000) by Peter R Breggin., MD and David Cohen, Phd not only
does what it says, but is a wonderful resource to quickly look up most
commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs. One can go to the index and find
out where the main effects, side effects and withdrawal effects are described.
Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock, and the
Psychopharmaceutical Complex (2007) by Dr. Peter Breggin is an
updated version of his 1997, chock full of information and analysis
about psychiatric treatments.
Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and
ADHD (2001) by Peter R. Breggin, Dick Scruggs
Anti-Depressant Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac,
Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox (2001) by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.
Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion, by Mary Boyle, Ph.D.
Commonsense Rebellion by Bruce E. Levine.
The Creation of Psychopharmacology (2002) by David Healy.
They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide
Who’s Normal, by Paula Caplan, PhD.
Redeem One Person Is To Redeem The World : A Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann
(2000) by Gail Hornstein. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, the classically
trained psychoanalyst, escaped Nazi Germany to become a leading force in the
treatment of schizophrenia with psychotherapy. This meticulously
researched book by Gail Hornstein brings Dr. Fromm-Reichmann back to life,
describing how she was instrumental in furthering understanding of how to help
people with schizophrenia through her work at the world famous Chestnut Lodge
where she worked with Joanne Greenberg to bring her back from her escape to
fantasy that is schizophrenia. In this process, Dr. Fromm-Reichmann told
Joanne, "I never promised you a rose garden" about how life would be upon her
return to reality. This phrase became a best-selling book (see below), a
hit movie and has become part of our idiom.
Blaming the Brain : The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health (1998) by
Creating Mental Illness (2002) by Allan V. Horwitz, sociologist, takes an
in-depth look from a sociological perspective at how normal behavior has been
pathologized by the psychiatric profession and pharmaceutical companies.
Punishing The Patient: How Psychiatrists Misunderstand and Mistreat
Schizophrenia - Richard, Ph.D. Gosden
Blaming Our Genes: Why Mental Illness Can't Be Inherited by Ty C. Colbert,
Rape of the Soul: How the Chemical Imbalance Model of Modern Psychiatry has
Failed its Patients by Ty C. Colbert, Ph.D
Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice
by Lucy Johnstone
Mental Illness: Opposing Viewpoints by Tamara L. Roleff (Editor), Laura K.
Natural Healing for Schizophreniza: A Compendium of Nutritional Methods by
Cruel Compassion: Psychiatric Control of Society's Unwanted by Thomas S.
Outstanding Books by People Who Have Experienced Psychosis
Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know About Shock Treatment,
by Linda Andre
A Fight to Be: A Psychologist's
Experience from Both Sides of the Locked Door, by Ronald Bassman, PhD.
The title of this book both says it all and doesn't give a clue as to the
depth of this book. This is a book that shows not only that a
diagnosis of serious mental illness is not necessarily a one-way street to a
greatly diminished life, but also that it can be a springboard to a fuller
5150: One Who Flew Into the Cuckoo's Nest, by Kathi Stringer. This
is an extraordinary and compelling account of abuse at the hands of the
mental health system and a testament to the human spirit. Kathi
Stringer has been subjected to more abuse than it seems possible anyone can
endure, but emerges from true hell to help others. Grippingly written,
this book uniquely intersperses hospital progress notes with the narrative
and gives an objection by objection account of legal proceedings by a lawyer
really fighting for her client. This is a real world account by
someone labeled crazy who is everything but.
Taboo, by Francesca Spiegel. Drama script, show of absurdities
behind the closed doors of psychiatric clinics, hospitals, and in outpatient
lives under drug regimens. A short play.
Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry. (Ex)users and survivors of psychiatry,
therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives report
about their alternative work, their objectives and successes, their
individual and collective experiences. The book highlights alternatives
beyond psychiatry, current possibilities of self-help for individuals
experiencing madness, and strategies toward implementing humane treatment.
off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics,
Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers, Peter Lehmann
Never Promised You a Rose Garden, by Joanne Greenberg (originally under
the pseudonym of Hannah Green) is the gripping true account, written as
fiction, of a young woman's triumph over schizophrenia at the world famous
Chestnut Lodge with Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.
Escape From Psychiatry by Clover.
How to Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry by
John Modrow is not only a haunting and compelling account of how the author
became "schizophrenic," but is also a well-researched and inherently
unassailable analysis of the general process.
"What Difference Does It Make?" (The Journey Of A Soul Survivor) by Wendy
Funk, Irit Shimrat (Editor) is a bone-chilling first person true story account
of a woman who went to a doctor for a cold and got caught up in the mental
health system. This is a short book with large print that will have a
very large impact on the reader.
- Judi Chamberlin's seminal 1978 work
On Our Own: Patient-Controlled
Alternatives to the Mental Health System is now available again at the
National Empowerment Center. This
is Judi's story. It tells of her experiences and lessons she has learned. It
makes a compelling case for patient controlled services; a real alternative to
the institutions that destroy the confident independence of so many. This is a
work of great hope and optimism. Judi Chamberlain argues for what can be done.
- Irit Shimrat's "Call Me Crazy: Stories from the Mad Movement",
from Canada, is another psychiatric survivor movement classic. It is
out of print, but there are used copies available.
Mad Pride: A Celebration of Mad Culture by Robert Dellar (Editor) is a
marvelous series of short pieces by psychiatric survivors (and not) from the
UK. We can't help but reproduce the following quote:
|A Celts book in a second-hand bookshop
gave me inspiration. My Celtic roots were drawing me in. I especially
like a story where a tribe of Celts sacked Rome. Their secret weapon
was to put lemon juice in their long hair, which bleached it. But what
really shook up the Romans was the fact that the Celts would strip off
naked when they went into battle and run at them with a blood-curdling
roar. This technique definitely captured my imagination, and I have to
say that I've occasionally repeated it in psychiatric institutions when
the staff shout "breakfast." A nurse once dropped the cornflakes in
fright. Needless to say, I got an injection for breakfast
Gift of Stories: Discovering How to Deal with Mental Illness by Julie
Leibrich presents the power of personal stories in this touching book.
Insanity Inside Out: The personal story behind the landmark Supreme Court
decision by Kenneth Donaldson
Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness by Gail Hornstein.
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