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[Buddie]

A Book That looks Worth Reading
« on: April 09, 2010, 08:15:16 pm »
Hi all,

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


Published 2003 by The Continuum Publishing Group. An earlier edition of this book (2001) was subtitled "Debunking Psychiatry, Confronting Society – an A to Z guide to Rehumanising your Life".

In this ambitious book psychologist Bruce Levine tries to explain why so many people in western societies and the USA in particular are depressed, anxious, bored or addicted to legal or illegal drugs or one of many other self destruction behaviours. In his view it is not enough to blame drug companies and biopsychiatrists for the current epidemic rates of diagnosed mental illness. Instead we need to look at why so many people feel depressed, anxious and bored.

The problem according to the writer is that we have lost our autonomy, lost our confidence in ourselves, our families, our friends and our local communities and instead rely on faceless and ultimately untrustworthy and uncaring institutions to care for our health, to educate us and our children, to provide us with work, food, shelter and entertainment. The term Institutional Illness Web (IIW) is used describe the network of healthcare agencies, government bodies, biopsychiatrists, pharmaceutical companies and much more that have combined to make us sick. Very little escapes the author's tar brush: TV, schools, food, justice systems, advertising, jobs, even the industrial revolution and civilisation itself are identified as malign influences on mental health. The book is formatted into chapters each of which deals with one aspect of the IIW. Bruce often quotes from other authors and many useful references are given.

"Common sense determines that institutional mental health—as well as many of its critics—diverts our attention from a larger issue: an institutional society that is antithetical to autonomy, runs counter to community, and has become dangerously dehumanising. Mass mental illness is one kid of diversion, but a critique of only psychiatry is another".

One thing I really liked about this book is the way Bruce offers alternatives to the things he attacks. He aims to increase our confidence in our own commonsense and our ability to handle life's problems. Here are some quotes from the Chapter entitled "Xanax and Anxiety" which may be of particular interest to visitors to (EDIT) :(I found this statement particularly relevant)
"Institutional mental health, by diagnosing and drugging, in effect *shames anxiety.*" "This is the true value of institutional mental health to institutional society. ... By labelling this severe experience of dissonance a "disease" needing "treatment", institutional mental health stops an inquiry into why society make us so uptight."
"... dismissal of philosophical and spiritual efforts at overcoming anxiety is a prescription to keep us weak".
"Don't be ashamed of your anxiety... Feel proud to the extent you are not drugging it away."

The massive scope of "Commonsense Rebellion" may be overwhelming for readers not already somewhat aware of the pathological links between corporations, governments, and the mental health industry but for those of us ready to be stimulated to think a bit harder about the linkages that exist in our society "Commonsense Rebellion" is an excellent read.

Reviewed by Tina.

Regards
JohnE
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[Buddie]

Re: A Book That looks Worth Reading
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 04:19:32 pm »
Hi [...]


Hum! Interesting! Looks like a need to read!

Thanks [...]

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[Buddie]

Re: A Book That looks Worth Reading
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 05:32:08 pm »
Thank you [...] for posting this! Definitely looks worth checking out.
I remember last year when I went to some bio-feedback appointments the person there told me that I needed to learn to 'allow' myself to have my anxiety. He explained to me that the more I 'allowed' it to happen, the quicker the anxiety would pass... looking back over the last few years I would say that one of the biggest mistakes I made was allowing a doctor to talk me into taking pills that would not 'allow' me to deal with the anxieties I was experiencing. Perhaps this is one of the root causes of so much of my anxiety 'backlash'.
thanks again for the post... :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: A Book That looks Worth Reading
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 05:46:25 pm »
Hey pang,

That sounds alot like Claire Weekes protocol for anxiety! It really works. My issues with anxiety are when I feel something small like a rush of heat, or sharp pain in the head. I feel my heart lurch because I'm scared I'm having another seizure or about to faint. I've done BOTH in public and those are what start the anxiety cycle for me. I was getting better with my anxiety and then BAM for some reason I'd have a seizure or faint and I'd associate the way I felt beforehand as an omen they were about to happen.

I've accepted the fact that nothing I can do will prevent these from happening again, if it does so be it, I'll recover like I did before. Besides, fainting used to be considered sexy  ;D Now the seizures....not so sexy especially since I pee my pants when I have one LOL. My husband says it's just because I'm a delicate (he likes to use the term pansy more often) woman and swoon  easily so I try to keep that in mind and it's not so bad.
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[Buddie]

Re: A Book That looks Worth Reading
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 05:55:11 pm »
[...], I really admire your ability to keep a sense of humor in your postings!! ;D
By the way, I just replied to an older posting on extreme unreality and anxiety that another member posted some time ago. Perhaps you may have some thoughts or advise you could give me? The one I replied to has been a real thorn in my flesh for many years...
Thanks for the info on the books. We're going to our local library this evening and I'll see if these are available there. If not, I'm sure I could find them online or in a bookstore...
take care always!!
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[Buddie]

Re: A Book That looks Worth Reading
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010, 01:00:42 pm »
Here here !! Sounds like a great book.I have just read Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton a British philosopher which I found to be full of wisdom. 
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[Buddie]

Re: A Book That looks Worth Reading
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2010, 09:41:34 pm »
An End to Panic

Elke Zuercher-White Good Book
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