Extended Audio Sample

Download Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Christopher Lane
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (66 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Lane Narrator: Derek Perkins Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

In the 1970s, a small group of leading psychiatrists met behind closed doors and literally rewrote the book on their profession. Revising and greatly expanding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short), they turned what had been a thin, spiral-bound handbook into a hefty tome. Almost overnight the number of diagnoses exploded. The result was a windfall for the pharmaceutical industry and a massive conflict of interest for psychiatry at large. This spellbinding book is the first behind-the-scenes account of what really happened and why.

With unprecedented access to the American Psychiatric Association archives and previously classified memos from drug company executives, Christopher Lane unearths the disturbing truth: with little scientific justification and sometimes hilariously improbable rationales, hundreds of conditions - among them shyness - are now defined as psychiatric disorders and considered treatable with drugs. Lane shows how long-standing disagreements within the profession set the stage for these changes, and he assesses who has gained and what's been lost in the process of medicalizing emotions. With dry wit, he demolishes the façade of objective research behind which the revolution in psychiatry has hidden. He finds a profession riddled with backbiting and jockeying, and even more troubling, a profession increasingly beholden to its corporate sponsors.

The book is published by Yale University Press. Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book.

Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khwettstein | 10/16/2013

    " A bit polemical, but lucid, revealing. Disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 9/11/2013

    " Nothing new here really. It's basically a critique of the process by which the DSM was formed. The author mainly focuses on the DSM-3 and rarely references the subsequent editions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyla | 6/30/2013

    " "Read" should read "skimmed". More academic than I thought, I missed most of the early chapters on analysis and focussed on the DTC ads for Paxil etc. section. Still kinda dull! I like my academics anecdotal, yo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 5/10/2013

    " disturbing expose on how small-minded people made a normal condition into an "illness". worse on how the drug companies manipulated everyone after-the-fact. but this is dry prose that tells a story we should all already know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cns | 4/5/2013

    " If everyone read this book, noone would take antidepressants. Read this book. Don't take antidepressants. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirstin | 2/5/2013

    " I started this years ago and i still haven't managed to finish it. Nice topic, but could be covered better in something a bit shorter. Who was it who said something about so many good essays being turned into bad books? "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Narrator

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has narrated numerous titles across a wide range of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, comedy, history, and nonfiction. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration.