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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: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,211,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kj Stallings on August 26, 2013
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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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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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23 of 36 people found the following review helpful By cesar tort (hijo) on August 31, 2003
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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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By karot joose on June 12, 2013
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I read John Modrow's book in about 24 hours -- I literally couldn't put it down. As soon as I picked up the book, I knew I had to read it. I had already been skeptical about the conventional way of handling disease and illness so I knew that I'd find another innovative perspective on health and healing -- I was right!

How to Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry by John Modrow presents a totally sane claim (no pun intended) that most mental illness is simply a natural psychological reaction to an unpleasant environment. John Modrow logically concludes that biological psychiatry is fatalistic and inhumane, for it offers no hope for people with psychological challenges who want to get better.

And, hence is the brilliance of this book: it offers hope, which is what is most needed by those who are deemed "mentally ill". John Modrow recounts his own story with exceptionally easy-to-read writing style. He uses his fascinating story as supporting evidence for his hypothesis that mental illness is an arbitrary term, which no concrete biological supporting evidence.

I only wish John Modrow included a little more about what happened during the many years after his last psychotic episode. I guess we just have to assume that everything worked out fine. To say that this book is well-written would be an understatement -- it flows like a river (you'll get the pun once you read the book) yet is sharp and witty.

Those who have been cruelly labeled "mentally ill" and are looking for some healthy insights will love How to Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry by John Modrow -- a must-read!

Update:

Since reading this book, I have done more research on mental health.
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