I’m delighted to say that my next book is now complete, and will be officially published on 02 September 2015. (Click on cover image to see full cover).
I am grateful to Robert Whitaker for his insightful foreword, to Peter Breggin, Lucy Johnstone, Julie Leonovs, Joanna Moncrieff, Mary Maddock, Nick Redman, Pat Bracken, Ted Chabasinski and Brian Lennon for their positive endorsements of this project, endorsements that are included in the book. Thanks also to Marianne Murphy for her ideas and editing.
The core theme of this book is a thorough debunking of the long-promoted falsehood that imbalances of brain chemicals such as serotonin occur in depression. This falsehood meets all of psychiatry’s own criteria for a delusion, and is at least as widely believed as the “flat earth” belief of past centuries, hence the “flat earth” illustration on the cover.
The book covers many other important related topics also, such as why many drug companies are withdrawing from or scaling down their investment in psychiatric drug research (for example, GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturers of Seroxat have pulled out of psychiatric research completely); what groups of medical doctors do actually specialize in and regularly examine the brain (neurologists and neurosurgeons, not psychiatrists); how this depression brain chemical imbalance falsehood has been promoted as a known fact by many psychiatrists, GPs, some psychologists, therapists, authors, organisations, the media, celebrities, aspects of the nutrition industry, and members of the public; a better way to understand depression; implications for informed consent; the unscientific nature of the DSM; the harmful consequences of this falsehood; and many other related topics.
I decided to write a whole book on this falsehood because it is so widely and wrongly believed to be a known fact.
In his foreword, Robert Whitaker has written regarding the claims that chemical imbalances occur in depression:
“The chemical imbalance story encourages us to think of ourselves as governed by the chemicals in our brains, with this chemical control seemingly disconnected from the many life events, that, at least according to past understandings of human nature, could be understood to dramatically alter one’s moods. We are mechanistic machines, and if our mood molecules are out of balance, with this imbalance presented to us as a “disease,” then it makes perfect sense to think that a solution must lie in a pill that fixes that imbalance. But is the claim true? Did scientific investigations find that this is indeed so? Every society would do itself a favor if it publicly sought to answer that question. In this book, Terry Lynch has done just that. And in so doing, he has told, step by step, how psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry constructed and sold a false story to the public. By the end of this book, readers will be asking a new question: How could this falsehood have endured for so long? . . . he makes a clear case for why society needs to put aside its delusion about chemical imbalances and seek to rethink what we do or don’t know about depression and how to best treat people so diagnosed. By the end, it is impossible to imagine anyone reading this book could believe in the chemical imbalance story. Terry Lynch, in this book, has given it a thorough burial.”
In endorsing this book, American psychiatrist Peter Breggin describes the book as “an inestimable service to the health professions and to humanity by liberating them from a dogma that inhibits real psychological and spiritual growth”.
I include a picture of the cover.
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“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F. Kennedy.