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How to Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  4 reviews
..".demonstrates the physical, psychological, and social harm resulting from the label schizophrenic and the continuous need to reexamine the underpinnings and attitudes of psychiatry." -Booklist "Of all the books written about schizophrenia...none is more comprehensive, accurate, thorough, and clearer in style and statement than John Modrow's classic How to Become a Schiz ...more
Published February 25th 2003 by iUniverse (first published September 1st 1992)
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Jonathan Lidbeck
Modrow, a self-described cured schizophrenic, begins and ends his book with extensive citations of psychiatric studies, but the bulk of the book is an extremely engaging, gritty account of his childhood, growing up in the 1940s and 50s with a somewhat vagrant, impoverished and neglectful family.

As a kid, the author establishes himself pretty convincingly as a weirdo outcast, the one making disgusting mud pies, getting in fights, saying bizarre things, hating the attention that he got.

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The author argues that schizophrenia is caused by experience and can, with enough time, be cured with talk therapy - a startling and controversial view, but he makes a strong case for it. My own experience treating people with schizophrenia leads me to believe that this view might sometimes be right, but that the use of anti-psychotic medications is also usually appropriate and, since the introduction of drugs with fewer negative side effects than those in the first generation, more ethical, bec ...more
Paul Campbell
This was a great book. Good writing. The story itself was painful at times. Modrow is exceptionally open about his experiences with schizophrenia.
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