Beyond Prozac: Healing Mental Distress

Dr Terry Lynch, PCCS Books

ISBN 1898059632, £13

Every now and again a book comes along that is compulsory reading
for practitioners. Beyond Prozac is such a book for those working
in mental health, writes Wil Lilburn-Quick.


This well researched and referenced book questions the prevailing
medical model of care, which dominates the experiences of most
people in contact with mental health services. Lynch challenges on
a number of fronts the scientific validity that psychiatry claims
to be based.


The book does not advocate a complete rejection of medication as
part of people’s overall package of care, but makes a convincing
argument for limiting its role, while focusing efforts on
understanding and dealing with underlying issues.


My only criticism is that, on occasions, the style is polemic, but,
with such an important message to convey, perhaps that can be


Lilburn-Quick is a planning manager for mental health services in
Bradford and is also a user of mental health services

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