Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ron's Last Blog: Chapter 10 Summary "The Avoidable Death of Rebecca Riley"

           Through carful interviewing, observing, and analyzing, Jon Ronson is finally realizing the concept of over diagnosing. Throughout the whole chapter Jon is trying to make this known to the reader as he introduces the idea to other characters and psychiatric practices within the book. The main point is that psychiatric diagnoses are becoming normal and the DSM has too many checklists. People, children is the main focus of this chapter, are being diagnosed with a disorder that they probably don't even have. The story of Rebbecca Riley supports this claim. The 4-year-old child dies because of overdosing on Medications given by her parents. When later asked, the mother said that there was probably nothing wrong with her daughter. Also, Ronson uses the story of Gary Maier and the drug companies to show that the main focus of a drug company now is to market their product, not treat patients. In addition, this chapter explains the idea of diagnosing a person with a disorder allows them to feel more normal and accepted because they can relate with others that have the same disorder.
           Overall I really enjoyed this book. The point brought up in the last chapter about if we should focus on a persons good aspects or the bad ones? Ironically in the examples, when focusing on the bad aspects it led to assumptions of psychopathy. I also thought it was confusing to bring the characters and book of nothingness from the first part of the book back up at the end. In addition, Gary Maier doesn't support drug companies, he thinks they are only interested in selling products, not treating patients. I just learned about this in human sexuality lecture. I completely agree with this concept and I am completely against taking pills.

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