Blaming The Brain

by Elliot S. Valenstein, M.D.

Price: $19.95

Paperback: 304 pages Published Free Press; Original edition (February 1, 2002) ISBN-13: 978-0743237871 Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches

In the past 30 years the psychiatric establishment has 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 disturbances, now it's common to believe that problems - from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia - are determined by brain chemistry. In this book, award winning author and a Professor of Neuroscience exposes the many weaknesses inherent in the scientific arguments supporting the widely accepted theory that biochemical imbalances are the main cause of mental illness. Physicians today prescribe certain psychoactive drugs in huge numbers despite studies which reveal their safety and effectiveness have been greatly exaggerated.


"This brilliantly researched book cautions us to rethink our increasing reliance on drugs as a cure-all for mental illness and forces patients, practitioners and prescribers to rethink the way we treat psychological problems. Valenstein shows how the current theories of depression and schizophrenia arose, makes the case for them, but then in a devastating fashion shows where their problems lie. More importantly he goes on to show why we continue to hold such beliefs that do no good for patients, that are no longer believed by neuroscientists and that hamper the development of more effective treatments". – David Healy, M.D., Ph.D.

"This book does something long overdue: it puts psychotropic drugs into historical and scientific perspective without being too technical. It should help prescribers and patients work together and use these drugs more carefully." - Andrew Herxheimer, Emeritus Fellow, united kingdom Cochrane Centre

The ToDo Institute also recommends  The Anti-Depressant Fact Book.

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