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What made the experience of listening to American Psychosis the most enjoyable?
This audiobook starts pretty slow, but the historical preamble sets the stage for the more-concise facts that start pouring in during the 2nd half.
The topic of mental health, de-institutionalization, lack of accountability, and for-profit "solutions" are highly relevant. Just walk in the city and you'll encounter the consequences when you pass the homeless people muttering to themselves. And that's only the portion that are not incarcerated or in for-profit nursing homes (which should be used for the elderly).
What about Stephen McLaughlin’s performance did you like?
Honestly took me a while to get used to, but the story makes up for it.
If you could give American Psychosis a new subtitle, what would it be?
When making public policy, use science/research/evidence over ideology.
In this book, the shutting down of State mental hospitals was based on ideology around society and mental health that sounded good but parts of it were simply not backed by scientific evidence (which admittedly was sparse during that time since psychiatry was still in its infancy). The movement had no chance of evolving during the Nixon/Reagen era: they not only supported privatization, they were hostile to psychiatry!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I mean, maybe this is a good book, but it's not a good audiobook. The narration is halting and unprofessional. Narrators often over-act, which is irritating, but here there is no intonation at all. Couldn't make myself listen through it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful