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4.0 out of 5 stars
eye opening, but a few flaws, 16 Feb 2012
I am halfway through reading the book, but so far I think as well being very interesting (understanding the history of the psychiatric profession and how it has been shaped to become more drugs orientated over the last century), it is exactly what I was looking for after being on various anti depressants for the last decade, and wondering why something was definitely not right. I feel that most of my questions are being answered or at least explored. There were a few points though that I thought were questionable, for example in chapter 6, page 90, she mentions that the dopamine hypothesis has partly been boosted by the fact that stimulant drugs such as amphetamines which increase dopamine levels, can in long term use/high amounts cause psychotic behavior. And that high dopamine is thought to be the underlying biological error that causes schizophrenia, but that some of the symptoms/way the psychosis presents itself is different with people suffering from schizophrenia than with stimulant induced psychosis. Therefore she is suggesting that if it was dopamine causing the behaviour why would the outcome be partly different for stimulant induced or schizophrenic. Yet she states that stimulants activate other neurotransmitter systems such as noradrenaline etc. So of course the over all effect on behaviour may be different because with schizophrenia it may be possible only the dopamine is too high, and with stimulant induced psychosis, it could be an effect of more than one neurotransmitter system being out of balance, with each different type of neurotransmitter adding different types of behaviour.
There were a few other examples in the book of points which I felt either weren't explained clearly or could be interpreted a different way to how she had presented them, and actually spun around to mean something different.
But generally I think you can't argue with all of the points she makes, she makes a very good case.
I hope what I just wrote made sense, I'm falling asleep. :)