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Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health Paperback – April 13, 2004
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Swimming against what he sees as the tide of prescriptions written for antidepressants such as Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac, psychiatrist Glasser (Choice Theory) argues that these drugs can do more harm than good. He asserts that there has been some scientifically sound psychiatric research that suggests the drugs can damage mental health and even the brain itself. Through selective case studies and extrapolation of evidence, the author urges readers to think twice before accepting "brain drugs"; he states that the effectiveness of certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors has been exaggerated by the drug companies. To his credit, Glasser does offer several practical alternatives for patients. But he seems to cherish his outsider status and questions the way psychiatry is practiced today. Group therapy transcripts and case studies constitute the bulk of his case, and chapters like "Luck, Intimacy, and Our Quality World" and "We Have Learned to Destroy Our Own Happiness" are designed to help the reader understand symptoms. Some of the anecdotes are compelling, and individuals seeking alternatives to drug treatments may benefit.
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Psychiatrist Glasser, a much published critic of what he calls the psychiatric establishment, uses his latest book to decry the use of neurochemicals to treat patients with psychiatric complaints. He claims the practice is becoming so widespread that psychiatrists are all but abandoning old-fashioned therapy for the quick fix drugs offer. In addition, everyone from pediatricians to general practitioners is diagnosing mental illness and prescribing mind-altering drugs. These medications have not been proven effective, he says; moreover, they do great harm. He contends that most patients diagnosed as mentally ill are simply unhappy or, as he puts it, out of shape psychologically. He believes that, just as someone who is physically out of shape but not ill can train to become fit, a person who is depressed or compulsive can train to become mentally fit. What's more, he outlines clear measures anyone can learn and practice to stay off drugs and be free of psychiatric complaints ranging from mild depression to paranoid schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis. Donna Chavez
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I too believe in what Glasser calls "Choice Theory" and that our own happiness is based upon our choices and acceptance of those choices. An easy to read book in understandable language, highly recommend.
His comments on prescription medicines are startling. If you're taking any SSRI's or other anti-depressant medicines, I highly encourage you to read this book.