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Making Us Crazy

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
What makes a person crazy? Nowadays it's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). For many mental health professionals, the DSM is an indispensable diagnostic tool, and as the standard reference book for psychiatrists and other psychotherapists everywhere, it has had an inestimable influence on the way we view other human beings. Deciding what we ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2003 by Free Press (first published 1997)
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Kevin Bass
Jun 23, 2014 Kevin Bass rated it liked it
An interesting discussion and introduction of the political uses of psychiatry. Not sufficiently scholarly, but it is in my view an adequate starting point.
Rick
Oct 09, 2007 Rick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those effected by mental illness
I read this in between my first and second year of grad school (getting a degree in clinical social work), and I am SO glad I did. It still weighs heavily on my perception of the people I come into contact with on a daily basis. It is a big reminder for me to always understand the person as a person, not as an illness. Anyone who has a job that requires them to utilize the DSM (Diagnostics and Statistics Manual) would benefit from reading this book. Why it isn't 5 stars: the authors are not exac ...more
Dfordoom
Apr 03, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A frightening look at the creation of psychiatry’s Holy Book, the DSM-IV. Like all holy books, the DSM-IV is a mixture of hearsay, rumour, fantasy, superstition, prejudice, politics and sheer silliness. It’s the heart and soul of modern psychiatry, and it’s what makes psychiatry a less scientific version of voodoo. The authors also document the extent to which the DSM-IV was the product of the financial demands of the insurance industry, and the extent to which it is a product of political bigot ...more
Jeffrey Acorn
I read this in graduate school many years ago so the information is not that fresh. To keep it brief, I consider this a must read for all professions which use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It provides a decent beginning to under nosological aspects of the DSM and how they are not always based on science but rather political motives, etc.
Tamilyn White
Mar 12, 2013 Tamilyn White rated it it was amazing
SO looking forward to the day when insurance companies don't require a Diagnosable Problem to support their insured in seeking support for difficulties.
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