Author: Bruce E. Levine
Publisher: Burns & Oates
Nearly one in four American adults are on psychiatric drugs, and Ritalin production has increased 800 percent since 1990, yet the mental health industry laments the fact that two-thirds of us with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treament. The author argues that "institutional mental health's" ever-increasing diseases, disorders, and drugs divert us from examining an important rebellion. This rebellion--mainly passive and too often self-destructive--is against an increasingly impersonal and coercive "institutional society." Institutional society's worship of speed, power, and technology has created fantastic wealth--at least for some of us--but its disregard for human autonomy, community, and diversity has come with a cost.