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Summary

A provocative and shocking look at how western society is misunderstanding and mistreating mental illness.

In Britain alone, more than 20 per cent of the adult population take a psychiatric drug in any one year. This is an increase of over 500 per cent since 1980 and the numbers continue to grow. Yet, despite this prescription epidemic, levels of mental illness of all types have actually increased in number and severity.

Using a wealth of studies, interviews with experts and detailed analysis, Dr James Davies argues that this is because we have fundamentally mischaracterised the problem. Rather than viewing most mental distress as an understandable reaction to wider societal problems, we have embraced a medical model which situates the problem solely within the sufferer and their brain.

Urgent and persuasive, Sedated systematically examines why this individualistic view of mental illness has been promoted by successive governments and big business - and why it is so misplaced and dangerous.

©2021 James Davies (P)2021 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"A wonderful, moving and truly life-changing book. Sedated is an urgent intervention for post-pandemic society, written with expertise and clarity. Warning: it will cause irritation to powerful interests who fear us all becoming better informed about the root causes of so much human suffering." (Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, former Director of Liberty)

"James Davies is one of the most important voices on mental health in the world. This is a beautiful and deeply sane book. Everyone who's suffering - and wants to know how to make it stop - should read it right away." (Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections)

"In this game-changing polemic, James Davies leaves us in no doubt: to tackle the mental health crisis we need major social and economic reform." (Nathan Filer, author of This Book will Change Your Mind about Mental Health)

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Can’t believe how good this is

This is one of the most intelligent, thought provoking and important books I’ve ever read. As a trainee Clinical Psychologist I’ve spent the last few years being horrified by how mental health is conceptualised within our services and our society but have struggled with how to understand and articulate it. This book does an incredible job of tying together research and thought across so many disciplines and presenting a thoroughly convincing argument about how our economic reality damages those most vulnerable in our society. This book gave me hope that things can change, that I might not always need to live and work within a system that seems to perpetuate harm, that people with influence have seen how broken our reality can be and care about changing it. I have told anyone who’ll listen about the book and will be ordering a hard copy to have on hand.

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Outstanding

Outstanding piece of work, thought provoking and timely post Covid.
Excellent narration also made it a great listening experience.

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A great review of research

A well researched book that helps to put the present day mental health crisis in a political and economic context.

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Enlightening and also frightening expose

An important study and indictment and condemnation of neoliberalism which has actively harmed individuals and society

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Essential listening/reading

All I can say is that from the first chapter I have been going on about this book constanty and recommending it to everyone I know! So insightful, thought provoking and really accessible. I am ordering the hard copy asap to refer back to!

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Mind opening

Nothing less than a change of heart. You can expect an awakening. Simply fantástico.