Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “They Say You're Crazy: How The World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal” as Want to Read:
They Say You're Crazy: How The World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

They Say You're Crazy: How The World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  7 reviews
How are decisions made about who is normal? As a former consultant to those who construct the “bible of the mental-health professions,” the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), Paula Caplan offers and insider’s look at the process by which decisions about abnormality are made. Cutting through the professional psycho-babble, Caplan clearly assesses t ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published March 4th 1996 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published June 9th 1995)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about They Say You're Crazy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about They Say You're Crazy

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.88  · 
Rating details
 ·  52 ratings  ·  7 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of They Say You're Crazy: How The World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal
Christopher Dubey
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I skimmed the first three chapters. Being someone who's involved with Mad Pride, antipsychiatry, the psychiatric survivor movement, and the neurodiversity movement, I naturally agree with 90% or more of Caplan's criticism of psychiatry. She has some good points and wrote a recent article about psychiatrist Allen Frances with revealing information.

However, her writing style in this book is rambling, too personal to sound objective, and she repeats points over and over by just saying them in diffe
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Definitely an important book for anyone going into the profession of psychology or psychiatry to read, no matter whether you agree with her or not.
Jules Wolfers
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good book for therapists, counselors, psychologists/psychiatrists to read- and consider their own bias and power (abusing their own roles/authority) while deciding on diagnosing and treatments for clients/consumers, relying on DSM-IV (now DSM-V) decided on a small group of psychologists- Very uncomfortable reading, nevertheless helping one analyze oneself's purpose in helping people. ...more
Jun 12, 2009 rated it liked it
I organized an event for her to speak for Freedom Center @ Mt Holyoke, but never read the whole book...
Shh I'm reading!
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've always been upset with the process of who determines normal and crazy. This just riled me up all over again. ...more
Sehar Moughal
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Eye opener but repetitive.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Read Christopher‘s well-put review of this book. Dr. Paula Caplan’s message would have greater impact if the writing was tighter, the research better integrated/cited (strange that this is even an issue given her professional background), and her own biases clearly named at the outset. Still, this book does illustrate the importance of remaining critical of using diagnostic mechanisms to describe human suffering.
rated it liked it
Nov 24, 2013
rated it liked it
Aug 30, 2009
rated it really liked it
Jan 25, 2020
Leeann Jorgensen
rated it it was amazing
Mar 01, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Feb 10, 2014
Em J
rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2020
rated it it was amazing
Jul 19, 2008
Antonio Nunez
rated it it was ok
Oct 20, 2019
Bonnie Russell
rated it it was ok
Sep 10, 2013
rated it liked it
Apr 27, 2007
rated it really liked it
Jul 05, 2014
Lourdes Avalos
rated it it was amazing
Nov 14, 2020
rated it really liked it
Apr 16, 2019
rated it really liked it
Jul 24, 2011
Jane Rice
rated it it was amazing
Oct 26, 2015
rated it really liked it
Jan 08, 2013
rated it liked it
Feb 20, 2017
Chris Lyons
rated it it was amazing
Sep 09, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2008
rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2010
rated it really liked it
Sep 18, 2014
rated it it was amazing
May 30, 2021
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
  • An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago
  • The Snake Pit
  • Medication Madness: True Stories of Mayhem, Murder & Suicide Caused by Psychiatric Drugs
  • Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How & Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications
  • Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families
  • Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions
  • 50 Things To Do Before Seeing a Psychiatrist: And How To Actually Do Them
  • Newtown: An American Tragedy
  • Our Psychiatric Future
  • Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis
  • Drop the Disorder! Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis
  • Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life
  • The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct
  • Die Vermessung der Psychiatrie: Täuschung und Selbsttäuschung eines Fachgebiets
  • Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
  • Das Gehirn: Neueste Erkenntnisse der Neurowissenschaften über unser wichtigstes Organ und seine Macken
  • Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness
See similar books…
Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist, author of books and plays, playwright, actor, and director. She was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, received her A.B. with honors from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. She is currently an Affiliate at Harvard University's DuBois Institute, working o ...more

Related Articles

  Luvvie Ajayi Jones—author, cultural critic, digital entrepreneur—might be best described as a professional truthteller. Her crazily popular...
51 likes · 0 comments