Creating Mental Illness / Edition 1

Creating Mental Illness / Edition 1

by Allan V. Horwitz
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ISBN-10:
0226353826
ISBN-13:
9780226353821
Pub. Date:
09/01/2003
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
A MUST-READ THAT CAPTURES THE HUMAN FACE OF MADNESS Sobering and incendiary. Those are two words that surge immediately to mind after reading Creating Mental Illness, a controversial and compelling treatise that redefines the concept of insanity. Written by Allan Horwitz, this startling book presents evidence that most mentally-ill patients aren't actually mentally ill! "Historically, labels of mental illness were reserved for people whose behavior was extremely strange," Horwitz introduces. Arguing that there are 50 million Americans who meet the criteria for being deranged, but in face don't have mental disorders - they only suffer from stressful lifestyle choices and from being unable to adapt to their social arrangements. Horwitz suggests mental illness as a whole has been miscatergorized. For instance, pro wrestlers who choose to drop weight to qualify for a lighter weight class would be classified by most psych docs as candidates for bulimia nervosa, if the docs considered only the facts. He is very critical of the psychoanalysis field and how they have defined mental dysfunction. Creating Mental Illness will make you re-think how you define the insanity and mentally ill at best and give you a panic disorder at worst! Thankfully, the book concludes its diagnosis of modern medicine with a possible cure.