They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal

They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal

They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal

They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal

Synopsis

Shedding light on the shocking process by which the mental-health elite judge us all, psychologist Paula Caplan debunks and demystifies the intentionally intimidating psychobabble and pronouncements of the American Psychiatric Association. "Gives us a fighting chance to avoid becoming victims of the mental health establishment".--Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Excerpt

I have written this book with a very limited purpose in mind: to help people see how decisions are made about who is normal. I believe that knowing how such decisions are made can help a person overcome the damage that is done to so many who are called -- or who consider themselves -- abnormal. As a clinical and research psychologist who for some years worked as a psychotherapist, I have seen a great many people who have suffered such harm. As a former consultant to those who construct the world's most influential manual of alleged mental illness, the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), I have had an insider's look at the process by which decisions about abnormality are made. As a longtime specialist in teaching and writing about research methods, I have been able to assess and monitor the truly astonishing extent to which scientific methods and evidence are disregarded as the handbook is being developed and revised.

I have made no attempt to document the long, horrific history of mistreatments and misdiagnoses by mental health professionals of all kinds, since others have done so in remarkable books. Mistreatment is an almost inevitable . . .

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