Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds

Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds

A groundbreaking and revelatory history of our major psychotropic drugs, from "a thoroughly exhilarating and entertaining writer" (Washington Post). Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, we still don't know exactly how or why these drugs work--or don't A groundbreaking and revelatory history of our major psychotropic drugs, from "a thoroughly exhilarating and entertai...

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Title:Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds
Author:Lauren Slater
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316370649
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:399 pages pages

Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds Reviews

  • Nancy
    Feb 27, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

  • Ellen Keim
    Mar 24, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

    As someone who takes several medications to treat my depression and anxiety, I found this to be an important but sometimes confounding book. The author has done her research, but seems to have a complicated relationship with psychiatric drugs herself. She is basically negative about th...

  • Kent Winward
    Mar 08, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

  • Christina Dudley
    May 07, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Feb 27, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

  • Jt O'Neill
    Jun 12, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

  • Judy
    Mar 17, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

  • Christina
    Apr 25, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

    As someone who takes several medications to treat my depression and anxiety, I found this to be an important but sometimes confounding book. The author has done her research, but seems to have a complicated relationship with psychiatric drugs herself. She is basically negative about th...

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you! For a subject matter that I don't normally read, I found this book quite fascinating. Each chapter focuses on a different drug that shaped the past, present, and possible future of modern treatment of psycho...

    A very readable and informative chronicle of how psychiatry went from Freud, psychotherapy and freaking lobotomies to Prozac, profit-driven pharmaceutical companies and also its future, dotted with the author's personal journey with mental illness. It?s frightening how much we haven?...

    Some books are just not as good as you want them to be. This one is in agreement with most of modern ideas of consciousness. Essentially our DNA sets us on a path to gathering information from our environment as quickly as possible, particularly while we are dreaming. Then the protein ...

    This is an interesting topic and all of the historical information is told in a skillful narrative fashion. I give the book only 3 stars, because I feel that the author allowed too much of her personal bias affect her treatment of drugs in different chapters. I believe it is her intent...

    Well written, weaves together personal and factual content. Slater is a good story teller, and the book is strongest where she tells her own experiences. Despite being a psychologist, she relies heavily on secondary sources and sometimes gets it wrong, such as by saying research finds ...

  • Grace
    Jun 17, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

  • Ivana
    Mar 18, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

  • Michelle
    Sep 09, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

    As someone who takes several medications to treat my depression and anxiety, I found this to be an important but sometimes confounding book. The author has done her research, but seems to have a complicated relationship with psychiatric drugs herself. She is basically negative about th...

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you! For a subject matter that I don't normally read, I found this book quite fascinating. Each chapter focuses on a different drug that shaped the past, present, and possible future of modern treatment of psycho...

    A very readable and informative chronicle of how psychiatry went from Freud, psychotherapy and freaking lobotomies to Prozac, profit-driven pharmaceutical companies and also its future, dotted with the author's personal journey with mental illness. It?s frightening how much we haven?...

    Some books are just not as good as you want them to be. This one is in agreement with most of modern ideas of consciousness. Essentially our DNA sets us on a path to gathering information from our environment as quickly as possible, particularly while we are dreaming. Then the protein ...

    This is an interesting topic and all of the historical information is told in a skillful narrative fashion. I give the book only 3 stars, because I feel that the author allowed too much of her personal bias affect her treatment of drugs in different chapters. I believe it is her intent...

  • Alisha Bennett
    Apr 01, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

  • Jenny GB
    Mar 09, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

    As someone who takes several medications to treat my depression and anxiety, I found this to be an important but sometimes confounding book. The author has done her research, but seems to have a complicated relationship with psychiatric drugs herself. She is basically negative about th...

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you! For a subject matter that I don't normally read, I found this book quite fascinating. Each chapter focuses on a different drug that shaped the past, present, and possible future of modern treatment of psycho...

  • Tyler
    Apr 18, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

  • William
    Jul 02, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

    As someone who takes several medications to treat my depression and anxiety, I found this to be an important but sometimes confounding book. The author has done her research, but seems to have a complicated relationship with psychiatric drugs herself. She is basically negative about th...

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you! For a subject matter that I don't normally read, I found this book quite fascinating. Each chapter focuses on a different drug that shaped the past, present, and possible future of modern treatment of psycho...

    A very readable and informative chronicle of how psychiatry went from Freud, psychotherapy and freaking lobotomies to Prozac, profit-driven pharmaceutical companies and also its future, dotted with the author's personal journey with mental illness. It?s frightening how much we haven?...

    Some books are just not as good as you want them to be. This one is in agreement with most of modern ideas of consciousness. Essentially our DNA sets us on a path to gathering information from our environment as quickly as possible, particularly while we are dreaming. Then the protein ...

  • Yannie Chan
    Mar 23, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

    As someone who takes several medications to treat my depression and anxiety, I found this to be an important but sometimes confounding book. The author has done her research, but seems to have a complicated relationship with psychiatric drugs herself. She is basically negative about th...

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you! For a subject matter that I don't normally read, I found this book quite fascinating. Each chapter focuses on a different drug that shaped the past, present, and possible future of modern treatment of psycho...

    A very readable and informative chronicle of how psychiatry went from Freud, psychotherapy and freaking lobotomies to Prozac, profit-driven pharmaceutical companies and also its future, dotted with the author's personal journey with mental illness. It?s frightening how much we haven?...

  • Louis
    Feb 27, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

  • Danielle
    Mar 21, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

  • Meredith
    Jun 08, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

  • Emily Crow
    Aug 29, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

  • Amy
    Mar 24, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

  • Shaun
    Oct 19, 2017

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

  • Ann Campbell
    Mar 29, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

  • Meaghan
    Jun 17, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

  • Karen Adkins
    Mar 27, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

  • Rachel Blakeman
    Mar 17, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

  • Cat
    Sep 07, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...

    A very interesting read. A bit of a "tougher" read as its subject matter is very analytical vs a traditional fiction novel or autobiography. The science in the book is not without merit. And while ultimately the author *****SPOILER****** is pro-medication she makes some very inter...

    I thought this book was great, with the caveat that the author wasn?t able to write on the subject of psycho-pharmaceuticals outside of the darkly colored lens of her personal experience. It was very readable for a dense book. Slater came down very hard on SSRIs, which she said ga...

    As someone who takes several medications to treat my depression and anxiety, I found this to be an important but sometimes confounding book. The author has done her research, but seems to have a complicated relationship with psychiatric drugs herself. She is basically negative about th...

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you! For a subject matter that I don't normally read, I found this book quite fascinating. Each chapter focuses on a different drug that shaped the past, present, and possible future of modern treatment of psycho...

    A very readable and informative chronicle of how psychiatry went from Freud, psychotherapy and freaking lobotomies to Prozac, profit-driven pharmaceutical companies and also its future, dotted with the author's personal journey with mental illness. It?s frightening how much we haven?...

    Some books are just not as good as you want them to be. This one is in agreement with most of modern ideas of consciousness. Essentially our DNA sets us on a path to gathering information from our environment as quickly as possible, particularly while we are dreaming. Then the protein ...

    This is an interesting topic and all of the historical information is told in a skillful narrative fashion. I give the book only 3 stars, because I feel that the author allowed too much of her personal bias affect her treatment of drugs in different chapters. I believe it is her intent...

    Well written, weaves together personal and factual content. Slater is a good story teller, and the book is strongest where she tells her own experiences. Despite being a psychologist, she relies heavily on secondary sources and sometimes gets it wrong, such as by saying research finds ...

    I have had so many friends and family members who have been on psychotropic drugs over the years. Some have helped, others have made things worse. So awful. They are helpful sometimes, but others times they were disastrous. I guess it takes time to find the correct drug, the correct do...

  • Lisa
    Apr 13, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

  • Ashton
    Feb 23, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

  • Heath Kelly
    Jul 15, 2018

    This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. L...

    This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for s...

    There's a lot to like in this book; Slater's a psychologist and an experienced writer, so her history of medical treatments used to treat mental health is informative without being overly technical, comprehensive, and efficient. She's fair-minded, paying attention to the ways in which ...

    A few years ago, I read the author's first book, Prozac Diary, which left me oddly dissatisfied. I was interested in her almost miraculous response to Prozac, after what she described as a decade of repeated hospitalizations, self-harming and eating disordered behavior, but I also foun...

    Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary. ...

    This is a solid 3 star book. I was really interested in reading this after hearing the author interviewed however the boom takes detours I was underwhelmed by. The chapters on psychedelics, ecstasy and deep brain stimulation felt like a distraction. The SSRI chapter was probably the be...

    I?m pleased to say that I have zero first hand experience with prescription psychiatric meds. They seem like a shadowy world to which I have a tough time relating. But the author has decades of intimate knowledge, and uses that experience in weaving the stories of the development of ...

    An extraordinary book, and one that left me with so many questions and so much desperation over the fact that, big pharma has once again determined the course of treatment for millions of people with various mental disorders, while all along crushing medicine that stands in the way of ...

    Liked: history and science of psychoactive drugs. First person descriptions of being on various drugs and of symptoms of mental illness. Disliked: massive speculation about efficacy of particular treatments (very down on SSRIs despite self-described decades of benefit; very excited ...

    Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and fai...

    This was a fascinating mix of autobiography and nonfiction focusing on the history of treatment of mental illness and depression in particular. The author is forthcoming about her own history of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and the cost her treatment exacts on her healt...

    Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgall...

    4 stars with reservations.....this could have used a more effective editor to reduce the repetition which bogged down the technical aspects. Slater?s personal travails are of course the most gripping and put a face to the many problems of psychiatry and medicine. Provides a wonderful...

    Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author?...

    This is a truly fascinating and excellent book by the author who also wrote another favorite of mine, OPENING SKINNER'S BOX. I picked BLUE DREAMS up because my mother-in-law suffers from dementia (and now related psychosis) and has moved beyond non-pharmacological solutions, so I wante...

    Damn. I'm angry at Goodreads. I wrote the review and then hit SAVE but the review did not save. This is the second time this has happened and I am just venting. I know, I know, I should always copy before saving. Trust me, I will never not remember to do that again. So I don't have...

    I had to give a four for the tremendous amount of thorough research, but the author?s struggle with severe bi-polar and depression make this a difficult book to read. Reading ?Blue Dreams? for too long at one sitting gave me a sense of her struggle and left me emotionally bruised...

    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. T...

    Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement ove...

    Lauren Slater has undertaken a monumental task in exploring the stories behind the development of psychopharmacology. As both a practitioner (she is a psychologist) and a patient, she has insights on par with Kay Redfield Jamison. In sometimes purple prose, Slater takes us from methyle...

    I found this book to be quite an eye opening experience. I admit I have near zero previous experience with anyone who has had serious depression/mania or any other mental illness. The way the book is written, both personally and from a research standpoint, allows a reader to truly unde...