Recommended Books

Psychiatry

Psychiatry and its discontents by Andrew Scull

Dr J S Grewal

Written by one of the world's most distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the profession that dominates the treatment of mental illness. Scull traces the rise of the field, the midcentury hegemony of psychoanalytic methods, and the paradigm's decline with the ascendance of biological and pharmaceutical approaches to mental illness.

It is this swing away from a psychosocial analsis of patients and the over-reliance of medication that I have found most dangerous in the practice of modern psychiatry

Dr Jas Grewal, Consultant Psychiatrist

Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry by Joel Paris

Dr J S Grewal

This book examines the critical problem of over-diagnosis in psychiatry today. Paris shows how over-diagnosis leads to over-treatment while creating a diagnosis for almost all of life's misfortunes

Loneliness and lack of purpose etc. are common in today's fast paced world...and are readily diagnosed as 'depression'. Each incorrect diagnosis then risks the precription of a powerful psychotropic medication...often for many years

Dr Jas Grewal, Consultant Psychiatrist

The Making of DSM-III by Dr H Decker

Dr J S Grewal

The Making of DSM-III is a book about the long process that resulted in 1980-DSM-III...a far-reaching revisionist work that created a revolution in American psychiatry. 

The crude biological reductionism of the DSM-III is a viewpoint that dominated Western psychiatry in the 1980s, and it continues as the orthodox psychiatric paradigm to this day.
Any description of current Western psychiatry must acknowledge the overwhelming influence of Spitzer and the DSM-III
Dr Jas Grewal, Consultant Psychiatrist

Alcoholism/Addiction

Overcoming Alcohol Misuse by Conor Farren

Dr J S Grewal

An original and practical step-by-step guide for those recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. The book has 30 chapters, each dealing with the distinct aspects of the process of achieving sobriety. 

An excellent book for doctors, patients (and their families). It is informative and sensitively written. 
 
Dr Jas Grewal, Consultant Psychiatrist