A provocative and shocking look at how western society is misunderstanding and mistreating mental illness.
In Britain alone, more than 20% of the adult population take a psychiatric drug in any one year. This is an increase of over 500% 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.
Sedated is a polemic of great clarity that will make you feel at once angry and reassured. * New Statesman *
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 *
An intelligent and powerfully argued book... a rich seam of empathy runs through Davies's narrative. * The Herald *
Essential and Enlightening... Davies shows how we can re-connect our personal troubles to our political contexts, and in doing so, find better ways forward * Lucy Johnstone, consultant clinical psychologist *
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 *
A marvellous book. Critics of traditional psychiatry will relish its clear-sighted exposure of a failing system. Defenders of traditional psychiatry may well be infuriated. But everyone should read it. * Peter Kinderman, professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool *
An excellent entry-point... this book is written clearly and concisely, without being patronising or watering anything down. Such a welcome departure from what I've come to expect from the genre means that Sedated will be able to reach and be read by those who need it most: all of us. * British Journal of Sports Medicine *
Dimensions: 275mm x 165mm x 35mm