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How Dysfunctional Families Spur Mental Disorders: A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships [Hardcover]

David M., M.D. Allen

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  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers (Aug. 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031339265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313392658
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #648,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book targets several pressing issues in today's mental health system Oct. 7 2010
By mothedoc - Published on
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A well thought out and argued, far-ranging discussion of today's mental health health challenges. Suitable both for professionals as well as patients and their families, the book is informative without being overtly technical.
Dr. Allen justifiably exposes drug company marketing techniques as well as dogmatic schools of psychotherapy and preaches a saner, more humane treatment system.
Well worth reading.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real help and hope for dysfunctional families Sept. 19 2010
By Anna Wisner - Published on
Dr. Allen tells it like it is in today's mental health field. His well-written book sheds light on the reasons so many patients and families in need are not getting what qualifies as real help, and instead are desperately bouncing from one so-called symptom-based `band-aid' solution to another. He further details the social and economic problems in the field of psychopharmacological and other psychiatric research; through his words, we can begin to understand why the mental health field appears so costly, fractured and ineffective, and why many mentally disturbed patients remain seemingly untreatable. Allen's book educates the reader so that he may be able to examine studies of therapies and drugs with a clear, unemotional eye. He also offers invaluable help in determining what constitutes a skilled psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, therapist. Readers of this book are left with the idea that, while there is no magic pill or therapy, there is hope if one does his part in obtaining quality help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real scoop on mental health treatments. May 31 2011
By WinsurferLA - Published on
We're all a bit crazy, and Dr. Allen's book is a easy read that helps one understand how, why and perhaps what we can and can't do about it.

His review of the various approaches to understanding and treatment of "mental disorders", by showing how far off the mark trusted physicians were in the past, helps make his point that just because everyone seems to think they've got the answers, it ain't necessarily so. The human mind is far too complex for simple explanations offered by many.

Once a person is thought to have a mental disorder, the treatment begins, and it is here that Dr. Allen is at his best, showing in a tongue-in-cheek manner, how the pharmaceutical industry has sought to exploit people's weaknesses for profit. He'll make you pause and think about your doctor's possible silent agenda next time you receive a prescription even if it has nothing to do with your mental state of mind.

Dr. Allen's key objective is to help the reader better understand what can and can't help those with mental disorders related to family situations; without a guide to the sand-traps, it is tough to improve your score.

In my opinion, Dr. Allen's book is recommended reading for those seeking to help themselves, family or friends with mental disorders as it facilities understanding the problems and issues in a manner that is both friendly and easily comprehensible
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Patients and Families of Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder Aug. 4 2010
By James Woods - Published on
Allen uses a family systems approach to understand the motives behind the seemingly dysfunctional behavior of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. Highly Recommended.

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