How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and
Pushes Pills That Kill
Kelly Patricia O'Meara
Reviewed by Mira de Vries
Since the turn of the millennium there’s been a veritable
flood of books questioning the role of medicine in our lives in
general, and psychiatry in particular. O’Meara’s contribution adds
nothing new, whether information or perspective. Nor is her book
particularly well written. It contains a great deal of repetition. More
disturbingly, she repeatedly inserts colloquial, epithetical
interjections which detract from the professional presentation and
render the otherwise simple English unsuitable for readers who are
unfamiliar with U.S. slang. Like so many self-published books, this one
cries out to be edited.
On the other hand, the points O’Meara makes are clear and correct: not
only the pharmaceutical manufacturers are to blame for today’s mass
drugging of the human population, including children. Ineffective and
corrupt government watchdog agencies, psychiatrists who dole out the
unscientific “diagnoses,” and family physicians must share that blame,
not to mention a gullible public that is all too eager to believe in
the ability of a pill to remedy complex social problems. O’Meara
further commendably avoids the pitfall of making useless
recommendations, such as that the state stop being corrupt. Involuntary
treatment is not an issue handled by O’Meara.
The main merit of this book is that it helps swell the stream of books
on this subject. Perhaps the quantity of the argument, if not the
quality, will persuade people to heed the warning.
Many thanks to Mr. Martin
Hirschfeld for donating the book to our library.
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