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Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health

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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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by Harper Perennial (first published April 29th 2003)
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Keith Kendall
Aug 07, 2011 Keith Kendall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
In the introduction and chapter 1 it is quite clear that the hazardous part is what he calls "brain drugs." He contends that mental health just like physical health is a continuum with most people in the middle, and that being in the middle isn't being mentally ill, but that being in the middle is called "unhappiness."

"Ritalin, a strong synthetic cocaine" (p3,32)

"Happiness or mental health is enjoying the live you are choosing to live, getting along well with the people near and dear to you, doi
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Kalem Wright
Dec 14, 2015 Kalem Wright rated it liked it
This work of Glasser’s, which explores his theories of how “mental illness” develops, is a significant contribution to the canon of self-help. A psychiatrist, Glasser educates readers about the risks and then-limited evidence base for psychotropic drugs while arguing that symptoms are creative manifestations of unhappiness rather than proof positive of neurological or biological disorder.
By focusing on how we are not living to our values, nurturing important relationships, or using our gifts to
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Gina
Apr 30, 2015 Gina rated it did not like it
Ask any high school English teacher and they'll tell you: if you want to prove a point (in anything, from a debate to a five-paragraph essay) consider the other side. Keep that in mind.
So... Would you like to read this book?
Would you like to convince yourself or your child that medication will harm their mental health?
Would you like to convince yourself or your child that seeking help for a mental disease/disorder will harm their mental health?
Would you like to convince yourself or your child t
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Tuggy
Aug 03, 2015 Tuggy rated it it was amazing
For those who have read this and feel the balance should be in medication, perhaps they have not had experience of mental health and its treatment beyond the use of medication. Or experienced the effects medication in the treatment of an individual's mental health has on one. I accept there is a need but should we rely on it? Personally having finally recovered outside of the medication route I can only say I found this inspiring that a medically qualified individual has seen there is an alterna ...more
Mike McMahon
Oct 10, 2008 Mike McMahon rated it liked it
Glasser (author of Reality Therapy) discusses his view that mental illness is not caused by biological brain chemistry as is asserted by modern psychiatry, but instead is caused by unhappiness. This in turn is due to difficulty in meeting the basic needs of survival, love & belonging, power, freedom, and fun. Glasser goes so far as to suggest that mental illness is an inaccurate term because mental health symptoms are not due to identifiable brain pathology. Therefore Glasser warns of the ha ...more
Missy Bowen simmons
Jan 04, 2014 Missy Bowen simmons rated it did not like it
I used to be a member of the Glasser Institute as well as a trainer. I love and use most of Glasser's teachings in my classroom and personal life. Glasser lost me when he began saying health conditions such as diabetes and fibromyalgia are just a state of mind and can be cured by changing your way of thinking.
K, Nz
Mar 16, 2012 K, Nz rated it really liked it
What an eye opener, and yet in some ways the underlying concepts or axioms are simple - it's an 'unlearning' process in a way.
The foreword was describing a situation that I'd find difficult to credit, if I wasn't reading someone's experience of it.
I read this a while back, and have reread - probably time to go back to it and refresh the core principles.
Barry
Mar 01, 2016 Barry rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Overstated position that all mental disorders are creative solutions to unhappiness. Works for mood disorders and marital discord but little else.
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