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Brooklyn Zoo by Darcy Lockman
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May 15, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: goodreads-giveaways, psychology
Read from June 04 to July 02, 2012

**I originally rated this book 4 stars but as time has passed, I realize more and more that this is the book I'm comparing other psychology-themed books to. I think it Ninja-ed my brain. As time separates me from it, I find myself regretting that only have it 4 stars and so I return, a little more than a month later, to update my rating to 5 stars.*

Fascinating. Darcy Lockman provides a behind-the-scenes look at the way mental illness is treated in a medical setting as well as both sides of the CBT vs. psychotherapy and the therapy vs. medication arguments. While this is a chronicle of her personal experiences and therefore, appropriately includes some of Lockman's own personal opinions on the matters, she does a great job of presenting the facts and letting you create your own opinions based on her story. I suppose her journalism experience is to thank! I found the entire novel simply fascinating, from the individual patient stories and exposure to different psychological settings, to the relationships between the Doctors, nurses, medical students and interns, and Lockman's own analysis of herself and her journey from inadequacy and self-doubt to confidence and self-reflection. A must-read for anyone who considers psychology an enjoyable recreational hobby or a potential employment path.

*I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.*
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Alyse In no way does she present any argument for both sides of meds vs talk therapy. She says nothing positive about medication at any point in this book.

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