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Commonsense Rebellion Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations and a World Gone Crazy by Bruce E. Levine

Commonsense Rebellion Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations and a World Gone Crazy


Commonsense Rebellion Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations and a World Gone Crazy by Bruce E. Levine

In recent years the mental health industry has been attacked for the invalidity of its illnesses, the unreliability of its diagnoses, the dangers of its treatments, and its corruption by drug companies. Commonsense Rebellion integrates those critiques and goes further. Nearly one in four American adults are on psychiatric drugs, and Ritalin production has increased 800 percent since 1990, yet the mental health industry laments the fact that two-thirds of us with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treatment. This title argues that institutional mental health's ever-increasing diseases, disorders, and drugs have diverted us from examining an important rebellion. This rebellion - mainly passive and too often self-destructive - is against an increasingly impersonal and coercive institutional society. Institutional society's worship of speed, power, and technology has created fantastic wealth - at least for some of us - but its disregard for human autonomy, community, and diversity has come with a cost. Depression has reportedly increased tenfold since 1900, and suicide levels for teenage boys have tripled since 1960. Have human genetics and serotonin levels changed that much, or has society?


Levine looks at all these new disease manifestations from a common sense perspective.... And this perspective tells us that we must redeem our autonomy, community, and humanity before we can overcome our growing unhappiness, anxiety, depression, and craziness. Stanton Peele Book of the Month Selection for Stanton's Bookstores It is always refreshing to find someone who stands at the edge of his profession and dissects its failures with a critical eye, refusing to be deceived by its pretensions. Bruce Levine condemns the cold, technocratic approach to mental health and, to our benefit, looks for deeper solutions. Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States An entertaining, hard-hitting, and controversial book about contemporary culture.... Full of astonishing statistics, the book covers a wide range of topics: attention deficit disorder, chemical dependency, depression, education, health care, consumerism, the online environment, and more.... Aptly titled, this book is an opinionated wake-up call. Choice

About the Author

Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice for more than fifteen years, is on the advisory council of the International Centre for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, which fights against the drugs, electroshocks, and other abuses of institutional mental health. He lives in Cincinnati, OH

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Publication date

1st May 2003


Bruce E. Levine

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


344 pages


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