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In Saving Normal, Allen Frances, one of the world's most influential psychiatrists, warns that mislabeling everyday problems as mental illness has shocking implications for individuals and society: Stigmatizing a healthy person as mentally ill leads to unnecessary, harmful medications, the narrowing of horizons, misallocation of medical resources, and draining of the budgets of families and the nation. We also shift responsibility for our mental well-being away from our own naturally resilient and self-healing brains, which have kept us sane for hundreds of thousands of years, and into the hands of Big Pharma, who are reaping multibillion-dollar profits.

Masterfully charting the history of psychiatric fads throughout history, Frances argues that whenever we arbitrarily label another aspect of the human condition a "disease", we further chip away at our human adaptability and diversity, dulling the full palette of what is normal and losing something fundamental of ourselves in the process. Saving Normal is a call to all of us to reclaim the full measure of our humanity.

©2013 Allen Frances (P)2017 Tantor

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Good read.

I really enjoyed the historical look at medicine and psychiatry. As a mental health therapist, this provided me with some helpful insight. However, it was a bit long.

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what a great book

loved it reassured what I always new great book great audible love what the book represented

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Insightful.

Best insights and well organised ideas. Allow nature take course, seek psychotherapy then Psychiatry last.

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