How dysfunctional families spur mental disorders : a balanced approach to resolve problems and reconcile relationships /

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Main Author: Allen, David M., 1949- (Author)
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Language:English
Published:Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2010.
Series:Childhood in America.
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245 1 0 |a How dysfunctional families spur mental disorders :  |b a balanced approach to resolve problems and reconcile relationships /  |c David M. Allen. 
260 |a Santa Barbara, Calif. :  |b Praeger,  |c c2010. 
300 |a xviii, 281 p. ;  |c 25 cm. 
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504 |a Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-274) and index. 
505 0 |a Introduction : Attitudes about family dysfunction -- 1. The brainlessness-mindlessness pendulum -- Eugenics -- Psychoanalysis -- Biological psychiatry -- The arrogance of psychoanalysts -- 
505 0 |a 2. Don't blame us -- Schizophrenia and the family -- Childhood autism and the family -- The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- Involvement in academic psychiatry by parent advocacy groups -- The issue of blame in spouse abuse -- The culture of victimhood -- High-profile criminal cases -- Guilty parents -- A massive cultural change -- Guilty behavior -- Cultural lag -- Divorce -- Mounting frustration -- The counterproductiveness of blaming parents -- 
505 0 |a 3. The "abuse excuse" revisited -- Controversies about the prevalence of child abuse -- Exaggeration of the extent of the problem -- Overzealous therapists -- The recovered memory debate -- The Freudian unconscious -- Who's lying and who's telling the truth? -- The unreliability of memory -- Indelible memories -- False accusations of abuse -- Parent bashing -- 
505 0 |a 4. It's a disease! Psychiatry and psychology sell out -- The influence of Big Pharma -- Who is doing the research? -- How CROs bias research findings in clinical trials -- Phony new reasons to take medication -- Manipulating psychiatric education -- Reform that is barely reform -- Benzodiazepines -- Why treat anxiety when you can call it something else and make more money? -- Managed care: profits ahead of people -- Selling them the noose used to hang us -- How managed care lied about how much psychotherapy was covered by insurance -- The lost art of psychotherapy by psychiatrists -- The field's anemic response -- How some psychotherapy experts also added fuel to the fire -- Neuroimaging -- 
505 0 |a 5. The heredity versus environment debate revisited : what the science actually says -- Do genes code for specific behavior? -- The social brain -- Causes versus risk factors -- Necessary and sufficient causes -- The heritability fraud -- Twin studies -- The true definition of heritability -- More on gene-environment interaction -- The shared and the unshared -- Social learning and the brain -- Long-term potentiation and social learning -- The importance of attachment figures -- What other disciplines tell us about the power of the social environment to shape human behavior -- The ties that bind: kin selection -- Tribalism -- Self-sacrifice -- Black sheep -- 
505 0 |a 6. Evidence-based ignorance -- Medical errors -- What constitutes evidence? -- Evidence for the efficacy of psychotherapy -- Pattern recognition -- Any research method can be used well or be used poorly -- "Empirical" studies -- Sources of bias in drug studies -- Collusion between academics and Big Pharma -- Misleading abstracts and overstatement of the results of studies -- Prestige journals -- Bipolar depression -- Issues in the treatment of bipolar depression -- The misleading abstract -- The aftermath of the misleading abstract -- Psychosocial issues in bipolar and unipolar major depressive episodes -- Problems and biases in psychotherapy outcome studies -- The problem of the "false self" -- Flying blind with double blinding -- Randomized clinical psychotherapy trials -- Treatment as usual -- The choice of outcome measures -- Funding issues -- Problems with generalizability of study results -- Treatment manuals -- Process research -- Anecdotal evidence: the good, the bad, and the ugly -- Description versus conclusions -- Once a diagnosis, always the diagnosis -- 
505 0 |a 7. Diagnonsense -- Focusing only on symptoms -- Symptom focus and the use of psychiatric hospitalization -- The psychiatric history -- Psychological testing -- Is a symptom significant? -- Symptom checklists -- Bipolar disorder M.A. -- Lithium -- Bipolar II disorder -- A valid and generalizable anecdote -- Bipolar disorder in children -- Drugs, anyone? -- Adult ADHD: another dubious hyped disorder -- Speed -- ADHD in children -- ADHD in the natural habitat -- The party line -- 
505 0 |a 8. Spinning on Axis II : the mystery of borderline personality disorder -- Borderline rage -- Self-injurious behavior -- Who needs the aggravation? -- Not a disease -- Other non-DSM characteristics of BPD -- Risk factors of BPD -- Family dynamics of borderline personality disorder -- Spoiling behavior -- Co-conspirators -- Regulating a parent's affect: Who is taking care of whom? -- What might be going on biologically? -- What makes the parents act the way they do? -- When individuals with BPD have children -- 
505 0 |a 9. A tower of psychobabble? Today's psychotherapy, the idea of mental defectiveness, and family systems issues -- Psychodynamic psychotherapy -- Behavior therapy -- Cognitive therapy -- Experimental / humanistic psychotherapy -- Family systems therapy -- 
505 0 |a 10. Integration -- The tower of psychobabble revisited -- Why are patients not doing the obvious? -- Eliminating the middle man -- Consilience -- Finding a good psychopharmacologist: good and bad signs -- Finding a good therapist -- Reconciliation -- Do you need a therapist? -- Forgiveness -- A last word on parental guilt -- A final word. 
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