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Blaming the Brain The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health

PUBLICATION DATE 2002
FILE SIZE 8,34
ISBN 9780743237871
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
AUTHOR Valenstein, Elliot
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Over the last thirty years, there has been a radical shift in thinking about the causes of mental illness. The psychiatric establishment and the health care industry have shifted 180 degrees from blaming mother to blaming the brain as the source of mental disorders. Whereas experience and environment were long viewed as the root causes of most emotional problems, now it is common to believe that mental disturbances -- from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia -- are determined by brain chemistry. And many people have come to accept the broader notion that their very personalities are determined by brain chemistry as well.In his award-winning, meticulously researched, and elegantly written history of psychosurgery,Great and Desperate Cures,Elliot Valenstein exposed the great injury to thousands of lives that resulted when the medical establishment embraced an unproven approach to mental illness. Now, inBlaming the Brainhe exposes the many weaknesses inherent in the scientific arguments supporting the widely accepted theory that biochemical imbalances are the main cause of mental illness. Valenstein reveals how, beginning in the 1950s, the accidental discovery of a few mood-altering drugs stimulated an enormous interest in psychopharmacology, resulting in staggering growth and profits for the pharmaceutical industry. He lays bare the commercial motives of drug companies and their huge stake in expanding their markets. Prozac, Thorazine, and Zoloft are just a few of the psychoactive drugs that have dramatically changed practice in the mental health profession. Physicians today prescribe them in huge numbers even though, as several major studies reveal, their effectiveness and safety have been greatly exaggerated.Part history, part science, part expose, and part solution,Blaming the Brainsounds a clarion call throughout our culture of quick-fix pharmacology and our increasing reliance on drugs as a cure-all for mental illness. This brilliant, provocative book will force patients, practitioners, and prescribers alike to rethink the causes of mental illness and the methods by which we treat it.Valenstein, Elliot is the author of 'Blaming the Brain The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health', published 2002 under ISBN 9780743237871 and ISBN 0743237870.

...0 degrees from blaming mother to blaming the brain as the source of mental disorders ... Are We "Blaming" Brain Chemistry for Mental Illness ... ... . Whereas experience and environment were long viewed as the root causes of most emotional problems, now it is Over the last thirty years, there has been a radical shift in thinking about the causes of mental illness. Over the last thirty years, there has been a radical shift in thinking about the causes of mental illness. The psychiatric establishment and the health care industry have shifted 180 degree ... Amazon.com: Customer reviews: Blaming the Brain: The Truth ... ... . The psychiatric establishment and the health care industry have shifted 180 degrees from blaming mother to blaming the brain as the source of mental disorders. Whereas experience and environment were long viewed as the root causes of most emotional problems, now it is common to believe ... Review of book: Elliot S. Valenstein (Au.) Blaming the brain: The truth about drugs and mental health. New York: Free Press, 1998, 292 pp.. Reviewed by Louis S. Berger. (PsycINFO Database Record ... If you believe that some mental disorders are caused by a "chemical imbalance" you need to read this book. Blaming the Brain: The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health is perhaps the most definitive, heavily-researched, and thoroughly-detailed book on how mental health professionals and the public came to believe in a biological basis for mental disorders and why this belief is ill-founded....