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Unsafe at Any Dose: Exposing Psychiatric Dogmas, So Minds Can Heal, Psychiatric Drugs Do More Harm Than Good Paperback – Import, March 27, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trust Consent Publishing (March 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955198518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955198519
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,788,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bowyer on June 10, 2012
An excellent book. I'm not entirely sure if the person who wrote the previous review knew anything about Johnson's work whatsoever because in fact, the persons cited in the book most certainly gave their consent to him.

Which brings me to this point: truth, trust, consent. Those are the three very simple elements Johnson refers to throughout his text. They're true, too. Time and time again in his work, particularly at HMP Parkhurst, Johnson has unequivocally proven that minds can be changed. Some of the most violent prisoners under his care experienced huge relief from symptoms while they were in treatment with Johnson. Individuals labeled "incurable" and "psychotic" and "psychopathic" experienced the joy of being a human being NOT locked up in themselves. They experienced happiness. Remorse. Sadness. They were brought out of the anger-numbness-anger-numbness cycle.

That's not fabrication or Utopian nonsense; that's fact.

I think it's very important to do research on a person and their methods before writing a long review on a book. If one does not know that, for example, success has been achieved and recorded officially, one should not assume it hasn't. All it takes is a little looking around on the internet, in libraries and putting two and two together.

The best thing about this book - and Johnson's other books - is that it provides hope for those deemed incurable. It provides a stable, logical backbone to treat individuals who would otherwise fall through the cracks in the system. Individuals who, while important, seem to be forgotten time and again by a psychiatric profession so often wrapped up in itself.

I would suggest this book as a fantastic, uplifting and inspiring read for literally anyone.
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This is another good book by Bob Johnson, he has a really wonderful way of dealing with mental illness in all its forms, anyone who has a mental illness who wishes to understand it better, or anyone who has a relative or friend with mental illness can benefit from this book.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mira de Vries on July 10, 2011
Johnson cries out in frustration at being unsuccessful in persuading his colleagues to stop mistreating psychiatric patients. He laments that even David Healy who has lectured and written extensively against psychiatric drugs betrays dissident psychiatrists and damaged patients by endorsing electroshock.

Johnson provides neither new evidence nor personal experience to support his position against drugs. Instead he refers to books by Whitaker and Breggin - indeed highly recommendable.

But Johnson must not have read Breggin's book very well, because Breggin rejects the idea of mental illness. Johnson doesn't. He states "Don't try and define what mental health is. There is no need to." Yet he does try to define mental illness as "once the mind no longer relates to the reality of its owner."

Referring to it by various terms, including "mental illhealth" (sic), he states that it is always caused by fear. In infancy these fears are justified. A baby is dependent on adults for survival. In adulthood they are "obsolete" leading to "a pathology of denial" he posits.

Like Breggin, Johnson places the onus of people's sanity on their parents:

* "...every sufferer from uncontrolled irrational emotions is looking for an ideal parent to sort things out, rather as their original parent somehow failed to do,"
* "Parenting keeps infants alive, and adults insane.
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