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:416 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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Bridgett
    Mar 05, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

  • Rachel Watkins
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

    Very informative, well written so that the information sticks. ...

    Can brain understand brain? ...

    Just finished reading, I learned many thing, some I kind of wish I hadn't! (Take meds for panic attacks, learned side effects I wasn't aware of) I am loaning this book out to friends and family!! ...

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  • Patricia Geller
    Apr 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

  • Gaby Chapman
    Apr 05, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Dan
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

    Very informative, well written so that the information sticks. ...

    Can brain understand brain? ...

    Just finished reading, I learned many thing, some I kind of wish I hadn't! (Take meds for panic attacks, learned side effects I wasn't aware of) I am loaning this book out to friends and family!! ...

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  • 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 ...

    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. ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Regina
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

  • Harry Sumnall
    Mar 30, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

    Very informative, well written so that the information sticks. ...

    Can brain understand brain? ...

    Just finished reading, I learned many thing, some I kind of wish I hadn't! (Take meds for panic attacks, learned side effects I wasn't aware of) I am loaning this book out to friends and family!! ...

    ...

    ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Deborah Shaw
    Mar 04, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

    Very informative, well written so that the information sticks. ...

    Can brain understand brain? ...

    Just finished reading, I learned many thing, some I kind of wish I hadn't! (Take meds for panic attacks, learned side effects I wasn't aware of) I am loaning this book out to friends and family!! ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ...

  • Erica
    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

    Very informative, well written so that the information sticks. ...

    Can brain understand brain? ...

    Just finished reading, I learned many thing, some I kind of wish I hadn't! (Take meds for panic attacks, learned side effects I wasn't aware of) I am loaning this book out to friends and family!! ...

    ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

  • Sunny Park
    Mar 28, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

    Very informative, well written so that the information sticks. ...

    Can brain understand brain? ...

  • Tony
    Nov 17, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

  • 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

  • Dawn
    Apr 11, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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?...

    This is a well researched and well written book on not only psychiatric drugs, but the whole field of psychiatry. Needless to say, it isn't an attractive picture between big pharma and the history of experimentation on vulnerable people. My only critique is it is too long and I found m...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious. ...

    Beautifully written, a delight to read. ...

    The history and future of treating brain afflictions: all that is known and all that is not. ...

    Very informative, well written so that the information sticks. ...

  • Gingersnap
    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...