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How To Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry Paperback – 25 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 3rd edition (25 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595242995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595242993
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,096,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Perhaps one of the best books on "schizophrenia", Modrow's book has the distinction, reserved for a lucky ten books, of being on E Fuller Torrey's list of the worst books about this supposed abstract disease process. Coming from a man whose writing is seemingly an uninterrupted flow of mendacity, this is a compliment, and gives the book a certain cachet in the eyes of those who see Torrey for the Goebbelsian rabble-rouser he is, and not, as Jeffrey Lieberman said, the head of the APA, the conscience of the USA (yeah, and Julius Streicher was the conscience of Nazi Germany). It is a book of especial consequence today given the enactment of more and more totalitarian laws across the globe and the endless clamouring of the paranoid Majoritarian chorus for their supposed "rights", to the exclusion of the rights of innocent patients.

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.
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I found this book instructive and informative and remarkably relevant. Well appointed with real anecdote and insight. The account given of life experiences and the underlying phenomenae of schizophrenia I saw to be in accord with my own experiences. The book served as a boost to my own morale as I struggle with a similar diagnosis.

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9011f144) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x8ff69c60) out of 5 stars Well written and the authors knows his stuff - first hand 26 Aug. 2013
By kj - Published on Amazon.com
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Nicely written. It is nice to read about schizophrenia from one who really knows it, not someone who has observed and has opinions. The author adds a lot of humanity to his story, including things he probably should not have done.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x902b3270) out of 5 stars Informative and moving: 7 July 2014
By Just - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, there has been a lot of blatant deceit spread around in the mental health industry. If anybody believes that there has ever been one shred of evidence for a biological connection to disturbed mental health, I would challenge them to share it with the rest us. This supposed biological connection is something the drug companies have invented for obvious reasons.
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.
HASH(0x902b3174) out of 5 stars The Scandal of John Modrow 7 July 2016
By Mark Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This review or rather my remarks are on the author of this book. Modrow has a lecture on YouTube called the scandal of schizophrenia. I strongly reccomend you listen to this first. Pay attention to questions his "students" ask. Now, let me just paraphrase what Mudrow believes is the solution to Schizophrenia: "Just like an alcoholic, the first thing the person must do is admit they have a problem." Modrow is asked about psychology as a possible remedy and he denigrates that industry as well claiming they are subordinate to psychiatry and implies they all "play on the same team." I listened to his entire lecture and couldn't help but notice how rehearsed and narrow his speech was. Whenever he gets off of what sounds like a script he tends to make apples and oranges comparisons, such as comparing a persons religious views with that of a persons views on the authority of his psychiatrist. As an aside, he prounces terms very oddly, especially dopamine and he seems to me to be suffering from a very fragile ego. I wouldn't bother picking up this book. It's written for the tinfoil crowd, which is a shame because I believe some of his views are sound.
25 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff760b4) out of 5 stars A shame this book is not in print! 1 Sept. 2003
By cesar tort (hijo) - Published on Amazon.com
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John Modrow has written the best book describing how parents can drive a son mad.
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!
12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff76264) out of 5 stars Ups! Sorry! It IS BACK in print! 18 Sept. 2003
By cesar tort (hijo) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Since HOW TO BECOME A SCHIZOPHRENIC was out of print for five years, and since the author told me by mail he was pessimistic about bringing it back to print, I wrote the previous review under the impression that the book was not available in 2003. Sorry!
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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