This is one unique gift, but I’m sure you have someone in mind that it would be just perfect for. Whether or not you have the balls to buy if for them is another question. These are not the type of people to mess around with, especially a self-made schizophrenic. The author has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, and part of the book is his own story, written in the form of a spellbinding novelette similar to I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. But more than that, the author also utilizes the ideas of Harry Stack Sullivan, Theodore Lidz, Gregory Bateson, R.D. Scott and P.L. Ashworth, W. Ronald D. Fairbairn, Anton Boisen and others—as well as his own experiences—to construct a solid theory which explains how and why he and many other people enter a state of mind called “schizophrenic.” Finally, Modrow tackles the entire medical model with its genetic and biochemical theories, its drugs, and various brain scan studies purporting to prove that schizophrenia is a brain disease, explaining why this is such a popular explanation for emotional distress, but why the theory is very likely false. Regardless, buy this book. It will make a perfect gift for the one you love (or don’t).
How To Become a Schizophrenic: The Case Against Biological Psychiatry