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on August 28, 2013
I wonder how much the author really understands about mental illness , as the more I read the more I felt she had fundamental misconceptions of her subject matter. On page 2 she doesn't seem to grasp what "madness" or the term I prefer "psychosis" is .
Also on the same page she falls into the trip of having a sharp distinction between organic and non organic illness. The brain is perhaps the most important organ and when it "malfunctions" it can have profound affects on other organ systems . Is migraine or epilepsy brought on by fatigue , sleep disturbance from anxiety not organic? This is a false dichotomy.
So many "physical" organic illnesses are multi-factorial in causation with psychological factors strong contributors.The list is endless but good examples are eczema , colitis, dyspepsia/oesophagitis, central serous retinopathy.
She also doesn't seem to grasp Somatisation disorders where physical symptoms are brought on by "life" and its attendant stresses , personality traits and vicissitudes . i.e fybromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue .
At times the anti psychiatry tone made me wonder if it was written by a para Scientologist .
I couldn't get past chapter 1 as I felt this is written by someone without true insight into mental health
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