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

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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,443,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This review or rather my remarks are on the author of this book. Modrow has a lecture on YouTube called the scandal of schizophrenia. I strongly reccomend you listen to this first. Pay attention to questions his "students" ask. Now, let me just paraphrase what Mudrow believes is the solution to Schizophrenia: "Just like an alcoholic, the first thing the person must do is admit they have a problem." Modrow is asked about psychology as a possible remedy and he denigrates that industry as well claiming they are subordinate to psychiatry and implies they all "play on the same team." I listened to his entire lecture and couldn't help but notice how rehearsed and narrow his speech was. Whenever he gets off of what sounds like a script he tends to make apples and oranges comparisons, such as comparing a persons religious views with that of a persons views on the authority of his psychiatrist. As an aside, he prounces terms very oddly, especially dopamine and he seems to me to be suffering from a very fragile ego. I wouldn't bother picking up this book. It's written for the tinfoil crowd, which is a shame because I believe some of his views are sound.
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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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