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Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives
Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives
by M.D. Joseph Glenmullen M.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.78
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A totally worthless book, April 22 2004
Here we have a psychiatrist from Harvard, in the year 2004 telling us that major depression is not a disease and drugs are not required. In this ludicrous book, Glenmullen describes all sorts of side effects that will according to him, "ruin you." That is the most laughable thing Ive ever heard of.
Glenmullen shouldnt even be allowed to be a psychiatrist. With his inclinations and thoughts concerning mental illness, he should have become a psychologist instead.
I would discourage you from reading this piece of trash.

Surviving Schizophrenia 4e
Surviving Schizophrenia 4e
by E. Fuller Torrey
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best consumer oriented book about schizophrenia, Feb. 6 2004
I read this book because I agree with many of the things Dr. Torrey says about severe mental illness. I DO NOT agree with everything he says, but much I do agree with. One claim of Dr. Torrey's that he makes in this book that I do not agree with is his claim that "anti-psychotic drugs are extremely safe drugs." While this might be soothing info to a schizophrenic ignorant to the realities of anti-psychotic medication, it is hardly true. It doesnt let off a schizophrenic for taking their neuroleptics however Dr. Torrey could have said something along the lines of "dramatic improvements are needed in developing truly safe anti-psychotic medication."
Furthermore, usage of anti-psychotic medication for non-schizophrenia uses such as mood and anxiety disorders is extremely dangerous and should be dramatically curtailed.
Other than that, I found this book to be comprehensive and good. While I personally am not diagnosed with schizophrenia, I found it fascinating and of high quality nonetheless. For anyone diagnosed with any severe form of mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar, severe depression) I would recommend this book to. Just the chapter on mental health advocacy/lobbying is worth the cost of the book IMO. More people with serious mental illness need to become involved in politics and mental illness lobbying. That is the only way things will ever really improve and Dr. Torrey makes this clear.
More mentally ill individuals need to vote.
What I found most interesting about this book though is the sardonic and derisive description of psychiatry, coming from another psychiatrist who is a specialist in severe mental illness. This is extremely rare and its why I admire Dr. Torrey. He says the things that some people think, but dont have the guts to say in public. His description of the various advocacy and lobbying groups that supposedly represent the severely mentally ill is disheartening. There really isnt a good lobby organisation for the severely mentally ill IMO. NAMI is the best we have so far, but even NAMI has many shortcomings.
Dr. Torrey makes it clear that very few people or organisations could give a hoot about the severely mentally ill. Including psychiatry. And these claims of his, which some might have trouble believing, have matched up exactly with my personal experiences with psychiatry. Private practice psychiatry is not geared towards the care of severely mentally ill individuals. And public psychiatry is of such poor, shoddy quality in most cases that its a disgrace that we as a society treat the worst cases in the public system mostly.
While not mentioned specifically in this book, the thing Dr. Torrey has said elsewhere that most impresses me is something I had figured out on my own long before I ever heard of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey. And that is that at some point, if we are ever to TRULY get serious about severe mental illness, psychiatry is going to have to be formally merged into Neurology. At some point, Neurology is going to have to take a much larger and direct role in treating the severely mentally ill. Psychiatry is too scientifically primitive and too focused on "behavioral control" to deal with true brain based illnesses such as schizophrenia, manic depression and severe depression.
Dr. Torrey is a hero for speaking his mind and telling it like it really is. Other psychiatrists should do the same.
If you are schizophrenic, definitely get this book (take your meds too). If you have another form of severe mental illness get a copy of this book and at least read the chapter on mental health advocacy and lobbying.

Maneuver Warfare Handbook
Maneuver Warfare Handbook
by William S Lind
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 54.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still lean, still Marine, Dec 20 2003
When this book came out in the mid-eighties it was basically blasphemy to the U.S. Marine Corp and the other services. Because it discussed in detail the very kind of warstyle and chain of command that had recently defeated the U.S. in Vietnam. That is, it detailed a maneuver style of warfare utilizing an extremely decentralized chain of command. The Marines at that time were still primarily focused on the cold war, with attrition warfare strategies and a corresponding rigid, centralized chain of command type command and control structure. As were the other services.
This book along with other books gradually led to the Marine Corp formally adopting maneuver warfare as its warfighting doctrine. And the formal writing of Marine Corp Doctrinal Publiclication-1..."Warfighting." This occurred under the tenure of General Al Gray in the late eighties. General Gray was a huge fan of William Lind and his maneuver warfare ideas.
You want to understand how the US got its butt kicked in Vietnam? You want to understand how the US steamrolled thru Iraq recently? You want to understand how the German Army had such extreme success with its blitzkrieg operations in the early stages of WW2? Then read this book.
This book goes well with several other books. Principle among them would include Marine Corp Doctrinal Publication-1 "Warfighting. Which has been published commercially on a large scale. Another book Lind's publication goes well with is Sun Tzu, "The Art of War." H. Liddel Hart's "Strategy" goes extremely well with this book. Mao Tse Tung's works on guerilla warfare also goes well with this book.

Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, And The Enduring Mistreatment Of The Mentally Ill
Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, And The Enduring Mistreatment Of The Mentally Ill
by Robert Whitaker
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Anti-psychiatry bullcrap, Dec 15 2003
First of all, I will say I have suffered from severe depression for around six years now. So I can talk. Ive dealt with the psychiatric establishment for six years now and it is very true that it is severely screwed up. However, its screwed up for totally different reasons than are put forth in this book. Psychiatry is screwed up for several reasons...its complicated. Its just not as simple as the author makes it sound.
Severe mental illness IS biologically based and it IS a brain based physical disease. The problem is that the drug treatments currently available, while better than what has been available in the past...are basically crap. Anti-psychotics all revolve around dopamine blockade somehow. Depression drugs mostly revolve around some serotonin theory. These drugs work some of the time, but all too often they only work partially...or not at all. And the side effects can be hell sometimes. And psychiatry wont admit it. And most psychiatrists are dissmissive of individuals with severe mental illness. Most psychiatrists prefer to work with individuals with milder to moderate mental illness. Also known as "woody allen syndrome." Antidepressants work real well on people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Psychiatrists love it when their patients get better and they hate it when their patients dont get better or become worse. Instead of admitting the problem is lack of aggressive scientific research and creative thinking (better pharmacology), they all too often blame the "mental patient."
This emotionalistic book tries to scare the reader by going back hundreds of years and covering the plethora of crude and stupid treatments. None of which are currently done anymore. Lobotomy was outlawed thirty years ago. Laws regarding psychiatric hospitalisation have fundamentally changed for the better in the last thirty years. Patients havent been subjected to "cold water treatments" or "blood letting" for I dont know how long. I know one thing, nobody has ever tried to do any of this stuff to me before.
The author denies schizophrenia, bipolar and major depression are biologically (brain/CNS) based. This is a fallacy that is typically found in paranoid individuals afflicted by these same diseases. People who deny that severe mental illness is biologically based are SCARED of the truth and cant face reality. Thats what this book is really about...reality. A lot of people cant face it when it comes to the subject of severe mental illness. Reality regarding this subject is hard to swallow...and it aint pretty.
If the author of this book really wanted to help seriously mentally ill individuals, he would have wholeheartedly accepted the neurological underpinnings of these diseases. And instead of bashing these ideas, he would have said something along the lines of research is not funded at high enough levels and the drugs are not good enough. Diagnosis is still crude and subjective...high tech improvements are needed. Too many people are misdiagnosed and put on the wrong class of psychiatric drug in the beginning, only to have to get it straightened out later by some second opinion. But to just deny this stuff is biologically based is sticking one's head in the sand.
The anti-psychiatry crowd will love this book, for it reinforces their delusional and irresponsible beliefs that their chronic problems have nothing to do with malfunctioning brains. Also, the touchy feely, left wing talk therapy crowd will like this book.
Yes, there are tons of problems with psychiatry and the situation with the severely mentally ill is not good. However this book is not the answer and the author does not have a clue.

The Antidepressant Survival Guide: The Clinically Proven Program to Enhance the Benefits and Beat the Side Effects of Your Medication
The Antidepressant Survival Guide: The Clinically Proven Program to Enhance the Benefits and Beat the Side Effects of Your Medication
by Robert J. Hedaya M.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.68
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful real world material, Dec 1 2003
This is a useful book. Basically, this book is useful for two groups of people. First, people who are on antidepressants which are working OK but they are having trouble with side effects. Such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, etc. Secondly, it has some useful insights for the person who is taking antidepressants, but the medications are not working up to par. Dr. Hedaya, MD has some real world suggestions for these two subgroups of people taking antidepressants.
I used some of the information in this book to inquire about getting tested for testosterone deficiency. Sure enough, my testosterone levels came back low in a formal blood test. Since, Ive been put on testosterone therapy by my internal medicine doctor. One thing the book doesnt go into though is the difference between secondary and primary testosterone deficiency. I think secondary testosterone deficiency is more common among depressed men and that sometimes requires a different treatment than just replacing testosterone directly. I owe that to this book, without reading this book I would never have thought of asking to get tested for low testosterone.

Beyond Prozac: Antidotes for Modern Times
Beyond Prozac: Antidotes for Modern Times
by Michael J Norden
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neat book, Nov. 20 2003
Dr. Norden covers a lot of material in a descriptive fashion in this book. Which is perfect for the huge numbers of "psycho-consumers" taking modern class antidepressants, benzos and other psycho-tropic medications these days. The book is very readable, its interesting and doesnt get too technical and put you asleep.
The book describes all of the modern class antidepressants, describes their attributes and what kind of depression they are best for. He also goes into related psych drugs which are not actually antidepressants but used to treat anxiety such as buspar, benzos, etc. Dr. Norden also goes into a wide range of non drug depression treatments such as light box therapy, air ionizers, different types of diets thought to affect positive brain chemistry and even goes briefly into ECT.
Dr. Norden also goes into describing some of the possible "future" antidepressants we are likely to see (using 1996 as our timetable). Unfortunately, very few of the "future" antidepressants mentioned by Dr. Norden will ever be FDA approved due to the huge financial profitability of the ever popular SSRIs. And subsequent political power of the large SSRI drug companies in the USA. Dr. Norden even admits this later on, saying "we will have to do better with the drugs we already have."
Id recommend this book to consumers, non medically trained mental health workers (talk therapists) and to concerned family members of depressed individuals. This book is now a bit dated...copyright of 1996. Brain science for the first time in history is exploding at a fast pace...particularly with genomic research and such. But this book descibes the presently available antidepressants and present serotonin theories of depression quite well. Its a good book.

The Testosterone Syndrome: The Critical Factor for Energy, Health, and Sexuality - Reversing the Male Menopause
The Testosterone Syndrome: The Critical Factor for Energy, Health, and Sexuality - Reversing the Male Menopause
by Eugene, M.D. Shippen
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book, Nov. 19 2003
I read this book after being formally diagnosed with testosterone deficiency (hypogonadism) at the relatively young age of 34. For me, testosterone deficiency tied in with a long battle with severe, medication resistant clinical depression, not with "anti-aging" issues or self esteem/virility issues of middle aged men. It was the only book I could find that seemed to address the issue of testosterone deficiency. Written by a Medical Doctor gives it more credibility, I try to avoid reading books of this sort that are not written by MDs.
Once I started reading it, I found it fascinating. I didnt realize testosterone is responsible for so many things. I also didnt realize the importance estrogen plays in the male...many males with low testosterone also have high estrogen levels which is a bad thing. Dr. Shippen explains how you can naturally lower your estrogen levels, which is good for male health. And he also explains how to naturally increase testosterone, although he fails to mention heavy strength training which I always understood was a hallmark of "naturally" increasing testosterone levels.
This book is really more oriented for the middle aged male who has hit his "mid life crisis" or "male andropause" as Dr. Shippen likes to describe it. In my opinion, its not really oriented for men who are truly hypogonadal (not producing enough testosterone and flunked formal lab tests). It is an anti-aging book, but it has lots of information thats useful for any male who doesnt want to end up getting hypogonadal at some point. Dr. Shippen describes the details of testosterone replacement therapy.
I find it odd that there arent a lot of other "me too" testosterone replacement books on the market. It seems like there would be more interest in this subject.
I really was amazed at the total lack of mention Dr. Shippen placed on exercise and especially strength training to maintain or improve testosterone levels. Thats my only complaint with this book.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness
by Daniel G. Amen M.D.
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book, Nov. 1 2003
Dr. Daniel Amen, MD is a pioneer in the up and coming technology of functional neuroimaging. Using SPECT scans, functional MRI and PET scans Neuro oriented psychiatrists such as Dr. Amen are finally beginning to be able to see in images what mental illness looks like. Thanks to the computer and high technology, this sort of thing is possible for the first time ever.
Dr. Amen should be commended for his vision and imagination. He is trying to go against the grain of mainstream psychiatry by trying to improve diagnosis of serious mental illness via SPECT scans. This is a courageous thing that takes grit and guts. He is, for the first time ever trying to get psychiatry to actually look at the brain to diagnose.
This book takes Amen's experience with functional neuroimaging and allows him to make recommendations other psychiatrists cant really do. Because Amen diagnoses so differently, it can result in more precise and individualized psychiatric diagnosis, with more personalized treatment plans. Only SPECT scans can provide this sort of approach.
Read this book and demand that psychiatric services in your area begin incorporating functional neuroimaging into their diagnostic procedures. You will probably be impressed by the results.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
by Andrew Solomon
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another book that intellectualizes depression, Nov. 1 2003
Many people seem to really like this book. Im not one of them however. The reason I didnt like it was because of how the author broods about depression in an intellectual type way. To me, severe depression is nothing but a horrible medical disorder that is brain based and destroys lives and families. This book vastly over discusses all the psycho-social aspects of depression, whereas the emphasis should be on the neurological underpinnings of depression. The root cause of depression...which is brain dysfunction.
In the end the author decides to undertake an extreme and very very rare treatment. He decides to undergo a cingulotomy, which is a modernized, high tech form of psychosurgery that is purely voluntary and very rarely done. This desperate last stand truly clarifies the bottom line, hard to accept fact that severe depression is a brain illness and not a "mental illness." The author could have left out a large portion of the book and instead focused more on the biological aspects of depression.
While this book does describe the "hell" of severe clinical depression, it also intellectualizes something that is basically a medical problem. I find this endless intellectual, "psychobabblish" rumination of a serious medical disease as distastful. Although unfortunately this is very common.
This book, while very readable and admittedly interesting, does a disservice to all severely mentally ill individuals by heavily discussing the overemphasized psycho-social aspects of depression.

The Road Less Traveled
The Road Less Traveled
by M.D., M. Scott Peck
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An oversimplified pop psychology book, Nov. 1 2003
This review is from: The Road Less Traveled (Paperback)
I read this book years ago, long before I ever developed major depression. At the time, I found that it sounded good but then again I wasnt mentally ill when I read it. Years later after I developed severe depression problems, once in a while Id see this book at the bookstore. And Id think "what a waste of money that book is." Folks, I must inform you that this book is WAY oversimplified and doesnt do people with depression problems much justice. The author, a Medical Doctor and psychiatrist, basically tells us that we are responsible for our own moods and feelings, thoughts and in general our overall life condition. However, I can tell you that for a person with severe mental illness its NOT true. Serious mental illness is a brain illness, not "psychobabble" and not something that can be remedied by "tough love." Peck should apologize to all the seriously mentally ill individuals in the world for his oversimplified, "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" preaching.
The fact is that depression and other serious mental illness are brain based medical illnesses. You cant just "tough it out" and pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you have significant mental illness. You need medications first and foremost.
I cant believe a Medical Doctor would write a book like this, with the message of tough love so hammered into it. I think its unfortunate this book has sold so many copies, because it misinforms the reader about the true underlying causes of depression.
Ultimately this is a book written around a staunch feeling of denial regarding depression and mental illness. Individuals with mental illness who are in denial to one degree or other oftentimes cling to fallacy-like thinking such as put forth in this book. That you can "tough it out" and "suck it up" if you have depression and that ultimately, YOU are responsible for your own predicament. When thats just not true...oftentimes its the other way around. The depression is the underlying cause of your life's failures and the less you treat your depression medically, the deeper in the black hole you slide.
This book just perpetrates old myths regarding depression and other mental problems.
"Tough love" is fine when youre trying to get that rebellous but otherwise healthy 18 year old out of your house and get out on their own. But its not usually appropriate to individuals with serious mental illness.
Quite frankly, this book insults me.

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