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Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good

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Yet, this is not the case if we are told that those drugs are a cure and we must stay on them for life. James Davies gained his PhD in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2006. The book investigates three medical mysteries that initially baffled him: why has psychiatry become the fastest growing medical specialism in history when it still has the poorest curative success? The tone is moralistic and the language unnecessarily emotive: ‘[ECT] involves inducing severe seizures in depressed patients by administering intense electric shocks to the brain’ (emphasis mine). The 1973 Rosenhan experiments on “Being Sane in Insane Places” questioned the validity of psychiatric diagnoses.

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I am interested in the sociology of mental illness, and believe that critical approaches to psychiatry and the medicalisation of conditions have a place in modern treatment of mental illness.James Davies’ timely expose of the psychiatry industry makes for fascinating and thought-provoking reading.

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The results are drugs whose curative efficacy is questionable and which sometimes come with serious side effects (such as the “emotional blunting” that occurs in about half of all Prozac users). While I agree, I think that psychiatric definitions do a good job of separating normal but different from disease, by often requiring that the disease is disruptive to the patients social relationships or occupational function.Under the leadership of Dr Spitzer, a team of fifteen psychiatrists were assembled to begin the writing of the DSM III to fix this crisis (p. Why are psychiatric drugs now more widely prescribed than almost any other medical drugs in history, despite their dubious efficacy? Given the critiques of the psychiatric asylum, this space could be seen as a space outside or beyond the asylum, where women instead find asylum? The main idea is to do and help; whether the tools are appropriate seems not an issue similar, on my reading to those involved with the DSM.

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