In the wake of recent terrorist attacks across the world, there has been a renewed global conversation about what motivates such criminal behavior, and what can be done to stop it. As this discussion around violence and other illegal acts develops, Dr. Stanton Samenow’s landmark work Inside the Criminal Mind is more relevant now than ever.
In his recent review of the book, Dr. Michael J. Hurd argued that Inside the Criminal Mind opens “up insights and discussion into the nature of human psychology as something determined primarily by the way a person thinks.” Placed within the context of Samenow’s profile of a criminal, students can see how the magnitude of crimes have changed since 1984, but the “characteristics of the criminal mind have not.” Continue reading
By Kaitlin Bell Barnett, author of Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up (Beacon Press, September 2014)
As the number of young people treated with psychiatric medications has risen sharply over the past couple of decades, the issue of treating kids has become a hot-button issue.
A growing chorus of critics point fingers at doctors who are allegedly too quick to pathologize ordinary childhood struggles as mental illness, and at parents allegedly too quick to medicate their children—all in the absence of scientific evidence about the drugs’ long-term effects. Mental health advocacy groups counter with anti-stigma campaigns urging people to seek help, and big pharma continues to aggressively push its drugs for more and more pediatric indications. Continue reading