Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to your Mental Health

Book - 2003
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How psychopharmacology has usurped the role of psychotherapy in our society, to the great detriment of the patients involved.

William Glasser describes in Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health the sea change that has taken place in the treatment of mental health in the last few years. Millions of patients are now routinely being given prescriptions for a wide range of drugs including Ritalin, Prosac, Zoloft and related drugs which can be harmful to the brain. A previous generation of patients would have had a course of psychotherapy without brain-damaging chemicals. Glasser explains the wide implications of this radical change in treatment and what can be done to counter it.

Publisher: New York : 2003
ISBN: 9780060538668
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.89 GLAS
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 19, 2017

A compelling critique of the psychopharmacology industry and psychiatric practices. Ultimately, Glasser highlights the impact that psychiatry can have on an individual's sense of self-determination and self-efficacy. By focusing on diagnostics, mental pathology, and a heavier reliance on psychotropic medications, Glasser makes the case that we are dis-empowering individuals from being proactive in their own mental health and wellness. In the wake of this criticism, Glasser presents his "Choice Theory" of change and argues this approach increases positive outcomes for individuals who are working towards mental wellness and happiness. Though Glasser's appraisal of psychiatric practices can be a bit heavy handed at times, nonetheless he presents some cogent points and presents an excellent case for patient empowerment and choice.

Jan 07, 2011

Glasser makes a compelling arguement against contemporary psychiatric practices (i.e. reliance on drugs alone.) I did not read the entire book but his recommendations to keep off drugs and rely on major assistance by CB therapy and community coming together for this person instead is incredibly idealistic. Which percentage of the populace has access to these resources. It's a difficult situation indeed.

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