This book digs through the rotten undergrowth which fertilises the mental health industry. The level of failure and deceit is hard to believe. The diagnoses we use are more akin to astrological than medical constructs. We have no medical tests and despite apparent innovations in drugs and therapy, five decades of research has shown no improvement in outcomes from treatment and instead an increase in the numbers categorised as severely mentally ill. Worse, we have convinced the population that they are experiencing pandemics of mental disorders, leading us to fear our ordinary emotions and to scythe away at our natural resilience. There can be no doubt that the mental health industry has caused more harm than good.
In Insane Medicine, Dr Timimi explains how our institutional ideology traps people into becoming long-term patients and proposes a simple theory that explains why more people become long term patients than get better as well as sharing tips on how those caught in this trap can find safe ways back to health and contentment. A revolution in mental health care is inevitable. The current systems have failed and are un-reformable. They will be overthrown. This book will tell you why.
Sami Timimi is a UK based Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on topics relating to mental health and childhood. The author of several books, his other published work includes A Straight Talking Introduction to Children's Mental Health Problems (second edition). You can learn more about Dr Timimi by visiting his website: www.samitimimi.co.uk