Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy

Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy

by Bruce Levine
     
 

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In recent years the mental health industry has been attacked for the invalidity of its illnesses, the unreliability of its diagnoses, the dangers of its treatments, and its corruption by drug companies. Commonsense Rebellion integrates those critiques and goes further.Nearly 1 in 4 American adults take psychiatric drugs, and Ritalin production has increased 800

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In recent years the mental health industry has been attacked for the invalidity of its illnesses, the unreliability of its diagnoses, the dangers of its treatments, and its corruption by drug companies. Commonsense Rebellion integrates those critiques and goes further.Nearly 1 in 4 American adults take psychiatric drugs, and Ritalin production has increased 800 percent since 1990. Yet the mental health industry laments the fact that two-thirds of us with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treatment. This book argues that "institutional mental health's" ever-increasing diseases, disorders, and drugs have diverted us from examining an important rebellion against an increasingly impersonal and coercive "institutional society" which worships speed, power, and technology. This has created fantastic wealth - at least for some - but its disregard for human autonomy, community, and diversity has come with a cost. Depression has reportedly increased tenfold since 1900, and suicide levels for teenage boys have tripled since 1960. Have human genetics and serotonin levels changed that much, or has society?

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Library Journal
In this jeremiad about the mental health industry, society more than psychiatry takes the brunt of Levine's criticism. He cites psychiatric critics Thomas Szasz and Peter Breggin in support of his opposition to overdiagnosis, medication, and excessive psychiatric influence. Yet a large proportion of the mental health establishment would agree with his indictment of TV, guns, alcohol and tobacco, gambling, overeating, advertising, mass education, managed care, Viagra, prisons, and employment trends. Well read, thoughtful, and idealistic, Levine wants to humanize science and technology, not abolish them. But he goes overboard at times, exaggerating the evils of psychiatry, itself a divided profession (see J. Allan Hobson's Out of Its Mind, LJ 6/15/01). He thus blights his own argument, as when he argues that "the behavior modifiers have today taken over culture as totally as the Nazis had once taken over Europe." The book merits attention despite these faults and belongs in most libraries in a category bridging social criticism and self-help. E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780826414502
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/09/2003
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,044,788
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.98(d)

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Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice for more than fifteen years, is on the advisory council of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, which fights against the drugs, electroshocks, and other abuses of institutional mental health. He lives in Cincinnati, OH

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