BOOKS

This will always be a work in progress. After the links at the beginning are many images of additional books.You can click on the images to learn more or to buy

. At some point I hope to have a brief descriptor on all of the images.

New section: Shamanism (other themes below, including more specifically mental health oriented)

Stephen Buhner’s books on herbs etc::

  1. The Transformational Power of Fasting: The Way to Spiritual, Physical, and Emotional Rejuvenation
  2. Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria
  3. Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections
  4. Healing Lyme: Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the Coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, 2nd Edition

TRAUMA

Critiques of psychiatry, psych drugs and the mental illness system:

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The capacity to comply with abusive authority is humanity’s fatal flaw. Fortunately, within the human family there are  anti-authoritarians—people comfortable questioning the legitimacy of authority and challenging and resisting its illegitimate forms. However, as Resisting Illegitimate Authority reveals, authoritarians attempt to marginalize anti-authoritarians, who are scorned, shunned, financially punished, psychopathologized, criminalized, and even assassinated.

Profiling a diverse group of U.S. anti-authoritarians—including Thomas Paine, Ralph Nader, Malcolm X, and Lenny Bruce—in order to glean useful lessons from their lives, Resisting Illegitmate Authority is the first self-help manual for anti-authoritarians.

How do survivors of child abuse, bullying, chronic oppression and discrimination, and other developmental traumas adapt to such unimaginable situations? It is taken for granted that experiences such as hearing voices, altered states of consciousness, dissociative states, lack of trust, and intense emotions are inherently problematic. But what does the evidence actually show? And how much do we still need to learn?

In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children. What is going on?
 
Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled—and dismayed—to discover what was reported in the scientific journals.

Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world’s poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker’s most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects.A haunting, deeply compassionate book-now revised with a new introduction-Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of “insanity,” and what we value most about the human mind.

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?” More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human spirit by transforming society. “This book is required reading for anyone who cares deeply about mental health and its discontents.” -Jonathan Metzl, MD, author of The Protest Psychosis: Schizophrenia and Black Politics “Bold, fearless, and compellingly readable… a refuge and an oasis from the overblown claims of American psychiatry” – Christopher Lane, author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became an Illness “A terrific conversation partner.” – Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness “Brilliant…wonderfully grand and big-hearted.” – Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America “Must-read for anyone interested in creating a more just and compassionate world.” – Alison Hillman, Open Society Foundation Human Rights Initiative “An intelligent, thought-provoking, and rare concept. These are voices worth listening to.” – Mary O’Hara, The Guardian “A new, helpful, liberating-and dare I say, sane-way of re-envisioning our ideas of mental illness.” – Paul Levy, Director of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, Portland, Oregon “You will find clarity, grace, insight, compassion and most of all wisdom in these powerful interviews and writings assembled by long time mental health advocate Will Hall.” – Gabriella Coleman, author of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy “A fantastic resource for those who are seeking change.” – Dr. Pat Bracken MD, psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Service, West Cork, Ireland



 

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