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The Great Psychiatry Scam: One Shrink's Personal Journey Kindle Edition
WINNER - in the category of Psychology at the 2009 Next Generation INDIE Book Awards! The Great Psychiatry Scam provides a detailed criticism of the profession of psychiatry, told from an autobiographical perspective. The critique expands on the analysis published in his book with Alvin Pam, Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry. Serious errors in logic, scholarship and standards of thought in psychiatry are exposed by Dr. Ross through humor, satire, autobiographical sketches and analysis. The field of psychiatry is not a branch of medicine in its current form. There is a posture of science, but the real substance of science is absent. Instead, psychiatry is dominated by folklore, anecdote and superstition. Fixing psychiatry requires two initial steps: acknowledging the state of the field, and devoting serious money and resources to mental health. Dr. Ross exposes the forlorn state of the field and proposes a solution, which can be found in his book, The Trauma Model.
About the Author
Colin A. Ross received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He is the author of over 135 papers in professional journals, most of them dealing with dissociation, psychological trauma and multiple personality disorder. He is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Trauma and a former Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07X5BKDLZ
- Publisher : Manitou Communications (August 28, 2019)
- Publication date : August 28, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2045 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 543 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,409 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2019
Colin, you are 100% on the mark in this book. You probably cannot imagine how much healing it could provide a Sister traveler who has also endured the slings and arrows of an unethical bunch of shrinks. My Father in Heaven deserves all the glory and credit for retiring me on disability after two brutal physical assaults by male (sociopathic) patients at SEH in DC. He is so much Wider than I could ever be after 35 years of the slings and arrows of psychiatric practice in the "belly of the beast" in DC. (Just ask DJT) and pray for him.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2022
This book is a rant and I’m glad he got it off his chest. Other things aside his trauma therapy model is brilliant. I appreciate his transparency and willingness to think outside the box. So impressed with his intellect that I read everything he wrote out of pure curiosity.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2014
A physician recommended that I read this based on some concerns I raised, and it is an eye-opening book. The vast majority of psychiatrists and other doctors helping patients psychologically are, I am sure, very responsible and caring people, but a little dose of self-doubt and self-awareness about buying into trends or culture-specific ideas is very smart, especially to be sure not to damage genius or dishearten really good people who don't fit on some bell curve. I'm glad I read this.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2013
Colin Ross's writing style is short, choppy sentences that pull no punches, especially when he's telling on his own profession: psychiatry. With humor, sarcasm, and flat out insulting language at times (and I admit it - I love this approach when done right), Dr. Ross uses his impressive intellect and genuine concern for the human condition to expose the incompatible goals of mainstream psychiatry. With a cast of characters that includes pompous physicians, profit-driven pharmaceutical companies, misguided managers, right up to and including the CIA, Dr. Ross explains how mental health treatment (not to mention the training to practice mental health treatment) can leave people worse off than before they encountered the system. He gives credit to the people who deserve it and gives the rest both barrels, and no apologies. If you've ever been exposed to the mental health system with bad results, or if you're a professional working in the field who's devastated by the medicalization of the field, this book is for you!
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Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2011
Psychiatry is the biggest scam going, according to this book. I tend to agree.Experimenting on the unsuspecting public in the US, testing drugs on already vulnerable populations is standard practice. The field has not developed, outside of prescription drugs, in the last forty years. It is a tale filled with information for consumers to beware.Those who need psychiatry for prescriptions need to take the time to review credentials and ask questions. Psychiatry has contributed to the cultural stigma of mental illness by discrediting complaints and concerns. Its a scam.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2014
This is a good book and worth reading. It is pretty snarky and written from a pessimistic point of view. It still manages to convey important insight into a profession that is not well understood.
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