How Dysfunctional Families Spur Mental Disorders: A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 281 pages
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Millions of Americans have psychological issues or are affected by those of their family members, ranging from anxiety and bipolar disorder to mood and personality disorders. The growth of Big Pharma, combined with an increasing desire of managed care providers to find simple and "quick fixes," has resulted in an often myopic focus on biological causes of dysfunctional symptoms. There is plenty of evidence to indicate that this propensity to only prescribe pills is often deeply misguided, however.

This book examines the role of dysfunctional family interactions in the genesis and maintenance of certain behavioral problems. The author presents a case for regaining a balance in terms of the biological, psychological, and family-system factors in psychiatric disorders and suggests a way to accomplish this.

  

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Wow! I have a lot of praise & a lot of criticism for this book. I will start by saying that I learned a TON from this book & for that reason I gave it a pretty good rating. I definately recommend this book for anyone who has had to deal with the mental health system & needs some guidance. From personal experience I was trying to get help for what I believe is an undiagnosed personality disorder. I found that therapy was not actually helping & I couldn't figure out why. This book really helped me to understand how mental disorders are treated & how I can be a better advocate for my mental health. It gave me the knowledge I needed to get the care I was missing out on.
Positives of the book: Dr Allen is very enlightening. He talks about Big Pharma & explains why there is such a big push to give medications out like candy. He explains why therapist tend to look for quick fixes & explains the different types of therapeutic approaches and also tells you why each one can or can't be helpful. He also touches on some different mood & personality disorders to show the reader how they can look similar & be diagnosed incorrectly. He also puts a strong emphasis on improving relationships in families, even broken & abusive ones. Although he does not provide specifics on how to do this, he does explain the importance of families and arms you with tools to look for a professional that is qualified to help improve poor comunication & hurt.
Negatives: Terrible book title! I thought I was buying a book that was going to be all about family dysfunction & how to improve it. While he does touch on these subjects, that is definately NOT the point of his book! Also it can be terribly wordy & hard to follow when he really gets into things about research & scientific theory. He explains how drug research results can be done badly or with an agenda. I found this part dry & hard to get into. I got his point early in the chapter, but it still drug on to a nauseating degree.
This isn't your average self help book. This book is great for the skeptic or someone at a lost about why they aren't getting the help they need or the results they would expect from medication or therapy.
 

Contents

A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 1 The BrainlessnessMindlessness Pendulum
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 2 Dont Blame Us
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 3 The Abuse Excuse Revisited
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 4 Its a Disease Psychiatry and Psychology Sell Out
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 5 The Heredity versus Environment Debate Revisited What the Science Actu...
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 6 EvidenceBased Ignorance
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 7 Diagnonsense
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 8 Spinning on Axis II The Mystery of Borderline Personality Disorder
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 9 A Tower of Psychobabble? Todays Psychotherapy the Idea of Mental Defe...
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A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships 10 Integration
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