Mind Games: Are We Obsessed with Therapy? / Edition 1

Mind Games: Are We Obsessed with Therapy? / Edition 1

by Robert A. Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573920711

ISBN-13: 9781573920711

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Psychotherapy can be a hazardous undertaking. Clients have only two choices: talk or pills. Modern psychiatry, with its emphasis on biological theorizing and genetic speculation, has been responsible for the "diseasing" and "tranquilizing" of the public and for convincing most Americans that if they are not already mentally ill and in urgent need of help, they

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Overview

Psychotherapy can be a hazardous undertaking. Clients have only two choices: talk or pills. Modern psychiatry, with its emphasis on biological theorizing and genetic speculation, has been responsible for the "diseasing" and "tranquilizing" of the public and for convincing most Americans that if they are not already mentally ill and in urgent need of help, they soon will be. And instead of living free, independent, and spontaneous lives, most clients of psychotherapy wind up more dependent, more anxious, more addicted, and psychologically and emotionally worse off than before. The history of psychotherapy is marked by incompetence, inhumane and immoral treatment, and a total misunderstanding of human beings. Sadly, this lack of understanding also dominates mental health treatment today. The young, the elderly, the emotionally distraught, and the weak and dependent are still being taken advantage of by unethical, immoral, and incompetent psychologists, counselors, and social workers.

Dr. Baker addresses the problem of the lack of scientific training and outlook among the people in the mental health field and examines what is needed if the public is to be better served by the mental health professions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573920711
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
477
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction13
1Life in the Modern Psychotherapeutic State51
2The Short, Sorry History of Psychotherapy88
3Victims and Survivors: The Hazards of Mental Therapy153
4The Schizophrenic Scandal201
5Iatrogenesis: False Memories, Satanic Ritual Abuse, and Alien Abductions249
6The Inattentive Child: One of the Saddest Manipulations299
7The MPD Fiasco: Iatrogenesis Gone Berserk309
8The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: The Culmination of Psychiatry?330
9Medicated America: The M.D. Pusher342
10Depression: The Right to Feel Bad377
11Metapsychiatry: Kooks, Quacks, Fundamentalists, and True Believers401
12Caring for Ourselves and Others423
Afterword444
Suggested Reading449
Index459

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