*** Suspicious Minds by Joel Gold and Ian Gold


Written by two brothers, a psychiatrist and a professor of philosophy and psychiatry, Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness argues that the devastating delusions suffered by schizophrenics are created by an over-functioning of our nervous system when detecting possible dangers. They make a strong case, along the way showing that populations who are under stress, from abused children, to large city dwellers, to racially oppressed groups, are much more prone to psychosis than others.

The book also reminds us of the great difficulty psychiatrists have in treating patients who have a tenuous link to reality and the necessity to follow a treatment, and shose illness they simply do not understand, not yet.

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