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

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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)
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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
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Sara
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
Caty
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.
Maria
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.
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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

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