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Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good

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Despite this rise in prescriptions, the prevalence of mental health problems and disability have also increased.

Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good

They help us explain why psychiatrists were not only guilty of branding sane people as insane (as the Rosenhan experiment revealed), but also guilty of regularly failing to agree on what diagnosis to assign a given patient (as the ‘diagnostic reliability’ experiments showed). While reading Davies' book, I wonder if all these alternate critical narratives have enough force to stop the ma There are many advances to pick from but this author was not interested in providing his reader with the latest advances *and* the problems that plague psychiatry. For myself, I would have liked to see this book use the crisis in psychiatry as powerful reason for brakes to be placed on the rampant capitalism we live with.

Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday 'An eye-opening and persuasive work' - Publishers Weekly 'Davies book is a potent polemic' - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times Review, '[A] diligent study' - Talitha Stevenson, The Financial Times 'If, in the world of psychiatry, the DSM is Holy Scripture, Cracked is set to become a heretical text. More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live.

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I went years without being able to swim in the sea or listen to an orchestra, and I certainly never felt I was treated with respect. This means there is a reliability problem in the field, which casts serious doubts on the entire DSM-structured paradigm.

If, in the world of psychiatry, the DSM is Holy Scripture, Cracked is set to become a heretical text. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. And yes, it is correct that there are very few (if any) biomarkers for mental illness, but that does not mean they are not real illnesses. It is argued that psychiatry’s co-option by Big Pharma is reflective of a form hegemonic alignment that is consistent with the historical and political functioning of the ‘psy-complex’ in modern bureaucratic society. The doling out of tangible and expected physical remedies in the form of drug prescriptions to fix the "ailment" seemed like the logical and neat next step and gave psychiatry the veneer of just-like-any-other medical specialty in our broad medical curriculum, when it was quite the opposite.

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The biopsychiatric model underpinning the assumptions and expectations with its baroque world of neurotransmitters, affective chemicals and receptors have, thanks to decades of strong pharmaceutical and intellectual lobbying, found their way into university and post-graduate curriculums sans any ambiguity, making it seem like an outcrop of neurology and narratives like that by James Davies here (or at a more popular level, Jon Ronson's Psychopath Test and/or Louis Theroux even-handed recent documentary work) are extremely important to help gullible young trainees have an open, critical mind if planning to practise taking care of patients classed as mentally ill. The scandal is that we are often not informed about the potential consequence or alternative approaches which may be more effective and less harmful.It also involves one of the greatest confidence tricks ever attempted, and some of the most shocking greed.

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It’s almost laughable now to think of those endless ward rounds when the psychiatrists would scratch their heads and wonder why my depression hadn’t lifted.I also liked the chapter "Psychiatric Imperialism" which deals with the ways Western methods are imposed, or insinuated< into other cultures. The first objective is to describe and analyze experiences with antidepressant treatment for depression as expressed in adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports from patients, i. The latter seems a general issue in anything to do with personality and social policy – people using questionnaires and methods literally; not finding out who the person/s are before making decisions about them. They are not easy to withdraw from, and anyone who wants to stop taking medications should approach doing so with extreme caution and preferably professional support.

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