How To Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry Paperback – 25 Feb 2003
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About the Author
John Modrow has an intimate knowledge of schizophrenia: in addition to having had a brief schizophrenic episode as a teenager, he has watched several personsincluding some of his closest friendsbecome schizophrenic, and has studied psychiatry for close to forty years.
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What distinguishes this work from most books written about "schizophrenia" on both sides of the ideological divide is that it is actually written by a patient who refuses to pay homage to his oppressors, and is interested in understanding the patient, not punishing and controlling him, which underneath all the obscenely hypocritical humanitarian posturing and the euphemistic language is the motive that holds sways in the minds of far too many on this issue. Modrow respects the humanity of the patient, in contrast to the Mental Health movement, which takes patient histories that converge on only a few particulars and bends and twists them to make them fit the Procrustean categories as found in that seemingly interminable list of silly words, the DSM, which was rightly described recently as a dystopian novel in the tradition of those who have excelled in that form.Read more ›
I felt I was put back on what seems to be the right path - I have often felt at sea in a world of contrary opinions.This useful volume is, I think, just what is required to give a few of the self declared experts something to think about. Just what is needed to help clear out the pseudo-scientific dogmatism of the practitioners of what passes for objective knowledge - I am talking here of psychiatry - so much content of which is mere idle speculation based on incomplete knowledge laced with bias and self seeking social and political aims which should have no place in the determination of what amounts not only to a clinical diagnosis of sickness but also a judgement upon the goodness and virtue of the patient (aka victim).
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I agree with some but not all of his interpretations, but find that he has researched the available material in reaching those interpretations. I would recommend this to professionals and laymen alike.
In following Modrow’s path in life from his grandparents forward, it is easy to see his family’s dysfunction and the psychological effects it had on his life. It is encouraging to know that one can actually work through these issues and then share them with the rest of us. This cannot be easy. Mental health professionals generally have their own agenda, egos, and misperceptions, and, unless their lives have been personally touched, have little understanding of what causes things to go awry in our brains. I have read several books about the various mental health issues people suffer (manic depressive, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders) and now conclude that if we want to get a glimmer of the kinds of things that can go wrong in our minds and what we can do about them, we should listen to those who have suffered and worked their way through their issues. I give this easy to read and informative book five stars because the author clearly has earned it.
The pseudo-science of biological psychiatry has deceived us. The medical departments in the universities are telling lies to the medical students (everything that has to do with psychopathology). Mental disorders are not a hardware problem, so to speak, and should not be studied by physicians. Only intuitive psychologists like Alice Miller, and vindictive autobiographers like John Modrow, can understand this software problem of the human psyche.
Self-taught Modrow says the same neuroscientist Elliot Valenstein has said in BLAMING THE BRAIN, and psychiatrist Colin Ross and psychologist Alvin Pam in PSEUDOSCIENCE IN BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY. However, Modrow is also a survivor of both parental and psychiatric abuse. He knows what it feels to have undergone a brief psycho breakdown due to the horrendous abuse. In this sense his book is more valuable than THE DIVIDED SELF by Ronald Laing, an antipsychiatrist who tried to study the minds of these victims from the outside.
Unlike Laing et al, Modrow self-analyzes himself. He has insider information on what is madness.
In his book MIND GAMES Robert Baker, an emeritus professor of psychology in Kentucky, says that Modrow is perhaps the highest authority in madness and why some people become (temporarily) mad.
It is an absolute shame that such a book is not in print and that the mental health establishment paid no attention to it. No doubt that the false science of biopsychiatry has cast a spell on civil society!
I can only add to my previous review that Alice Miller is the leading exponent in the subject of how abusive parents can drive their children mad. Any critique of biopsychiatry should be complemented with what could be called the trauma model of mental disorders. And Miller and Modrow have done a stupendous job on this revolutionary model.
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