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How To Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry 0th Edition

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0595242995
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About the Author

John Modrow has an intimate knowledge of schizophrenia: in addition to having had a brief schizophrenic episode as a teenager, he has watched several personsincluding some of his closest friendsbecome schizophrenic, and has studied psychiatry for close to forty years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Club Press (February 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595242995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595242993
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Just on July 7, 2014
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Unfortunately, there has been a lot of blatant deceit spread around in the mental health industry. If anybody believes that there has ever been one shred of evidence for a biological connection to disturbed mental health, I would challenge them to share it with the rest us. This supposed biological connection is something the drug companies have invented for obvious reasons.
In following Modrow’s path in life from his grandparents forward, it is easy to see his family’s dysfunction and the psychological effects it had on his life. It is encouraging to know that one can actually work through these issues and then share them with the rest of us. This cannot be easy. Mental health professionals generally have their own agenda, egos, and misperceptions, and, unless their lives have been personally touched, have little understanding of what causes things to go awry in our brains. I have read several books about the various mental health issues people suffer (manic depressive, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders) and now conclude that if we want to get a glimmer of the kinds of things that can go wrong in our minds and what we can do about them, we should listen to those who have suffered and worked their way through their issues. I give this easy to read and informative book five stars because the author clearly has earned it.
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Nicely written. It is nice to read about schizophrenia from one who really knows it, not someone who has observed and has opinions. The author adds a lot of humanity to his story, including things he probably should not have done.

I agree with some but not all of his interpretations, but find that he has researched the available material in reaching those interpretations. I would recommend this to professionals and laymen alike.
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John Modrow has written the best book describing how parents can drive a son mad.
The pseudo-science of biological psychiatry has deceived us. The medical departments in the universities are telling lies to the medical students (everything that has to do with psychopathology). Mental disorders are not a hardware problem, so to speak, and should not be studied by physicians. Only intuitive psychologists like Alice Miller, and vindictive autobiographers like John Modrow, can understand this software problem of the human psyche.
Self-taught Modrow says the same neuroscientist Elliot Valenstein has said in BLAMING THE BRAIN, and psychiatrist Colin Ross and psychologist Alvin Pam in PSEUDOSCIENCE IN BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY. However, Modrow is also a survivor of both parental and psychiatric abuse. He knows what it feels to have undergone a brief psycho breakdown due to the horrendous abuse. In this sense his book is more valuable than THE DIVIDED SELF by Ronald Laing, an antipsychiatrist who tried to study the minds of these victims from the outside.
Unlike Laing et al, Modrow self-analyzes himself. He has insider information on what is madness.
In his book MIND GAMES Robert Baker, an emeritus professor of psychology in Kentucky, says that Modrow is perhaps the highest authority in madness and why some people become (temporarily) mad.
It is an absolute shame that such a book is not in print and that the mental health establishment paid no attention to it. No doubt that the false science of biopsychiatry has cast a spell on civil society!
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Since HOW TO BECOME A SCHIZOPHRENIC was out of print for five years, and since the author told me by mail he was pessimistic about bringing it back to print, I wrote the previous review under the impression that the book was not available in 2003. Sorry!
I can only add to my previous review that Alice Miller is the leading exponent in the subject of how abusive parents can drive their children mad. Any critique of biopsychiatry should be complemented with what could be called the trauma model of mental disorders. And Miller and Modrow have done a stupendous job on this revolutionary model.
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