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A book for those who suffer with mental problems or care about those who have them - including psychiatrists!
on 6 May 2015
The book is a bit of a hard slog for those of us with only average intelligence, but it is well worth the slog. I think possibly that the UK medical profession is not so drug-happy as the USA in their treatment of the mentally ill, but unfortunately, the UK often follows America, which would, as the reading of this book shows, be a tragic mistake. I was convinced by the end that mental illness is not a 'disease' as we have all been conditioned to believe, and that the answer does not lie in throwing drugs at the patient. I found this comment from the book enlightening: "phychosis does not live in the head. It lives in the in between of family members, and the in between of people...it is in the relationship, and the one who is psychotic makes the bad condition visible. He or she 'wears the symptoms' and has the burden to carry them.' The revelations of deliberate suppression by the psychiatric profession and the terrible dangers of the drugs they use was quite depressing reading and I began to wonder if all was lost, so I was greatly relieved when I got to the section entitled 'Solutions'. There really is hope for those affected by depression, schizophrenia and phychosis. But it will take time and doctors who are willing to give it. I hope they read this book.