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Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinar

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ISBN: 9780062229250
Author(s): Allen Frances
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2013
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Dimensions: 164 x 236 x 29 (w x l x h)
Pages: 314

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From 'the most powerful psychiatrist in America' (New York Times) and 'the man who wrote the book on mental illness' (Wired), a deeply fascinating and urgently important critique of the widespread medicalization of normality Anyone living a full, rich life experiences ups and downs, stresses, disappointments, sorrows, and setbacks. These challenges are a normal part of being human, and they should not be treated as psychiatric disease. However, today millions of people who are really no more than 'worried well' are being diagnosed as having a mental disorder and are receiving unnecessary treatment. In Saving Normal, Allen Frances, one of the world's most influential psychiatrists, warns that mislabeling everyday problems as mental illness has shocking implications for individuals and society: stigmatizing a healthy person as mentally ill leads to unnecessary, harmful medications, the narrowing of horizons, misallocation of medical resources, and draining of the budgets of families and the nation.
We also shift responsibility for our mental well-being away from our own naturally resilient and self-healing brains, which have kept us sane for hundreds of thousands of years, and into the hands of 'Big Pharma,' who are reaping multi-billion-dollar profits. Frances cautions that the new edition of the 'bible of psychiatry,' the Diagno
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