Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture: Essays on Medicine, Mental Health and the Media / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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If it bothers you to say 'ethical drugs' or 'ethical drug manufacturer,' this book will give you support. More than a decade ago, Stanton Peele calculated that about 130% of us had some psychological disability that required us to join a recovery group. The emphasis in many of those movements, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, was in shedding chemical dependencies. But what about the pressures to develop those dependencies on chemical blisses? The dystopian Huxley view in _Brave New World_ was that Soma would be used by a totalitarian government to make everyone feel happy in any life role. But amidst of the oceans of chemicals that we now ingest, it seems to me that this book's concept of Psychotropia has greater descriptive value. It's not the government, which is merely one facilitator in the administration of chemical dependency. The picture we get this book is a vast marketing enterprise to sell us the mood controls that help take the pain out of living--whatever the source of that pain--and to give us the highs that we need to fully realize our chemically multiplied potentials. There is no centralized government conspiracy. Just a broad consensus in the rock music world, in the medical therapy world, in the educational world, in the drug manufacturing world and in the drug regulatory agencies that approve so many psychological drugs. It is that we need more things to drink or chew for our own psychic good. The 'pill for every ill' has become 'the ill for every pill.' The vast growth of the drug and therapy industries has not made us more healthy, but is creating the interests that must persuade us that we are somehow ill and need some drugs to overcome it. Of course, some of us are 'ill' in ways that call for drugs. The cultural problem is to sort out the fostered needs from the real one--if that is even possible at this point in the evolution of Psychotropia. As an aid in that task, I can't think of a more thorough or well-grounded treatment of music, movies, marketing, therapeutic practice. And it's not just a lamentation about how we are all mindlessly sliding toward blissed out drug dependencies. There are resources in the music, in the films, in the therapeutic community that are critical of the trend. Read this book and get the very big picture.
a highly provocative analysis...covering the main facets of media and how they bring psychotropic promises to our living rooms and ipods