Taking America Off Drugs: Why Behavioral Therapy is More Effective for Treating ADHD, OCD, Depression, and Other Psychological Problems

SUNY Press
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In this highly provocative book, Stephen Ray Flora maintains that we have been deceived into believing that whatever one’s psychological problem—from anxiety, anorexia, bulimia, depression, phobias, sleeping and sexual difficulties to schizophrenia—there is a drug to cure us. In contrast, he argues that these problems are behavioral, not chemical, and he advocates behavioral therapy as an antidote. He makes the controversial claim that for virtually every psychological difficulty, behavioral therapy is more effective than drug treatment. Not only that, but the side effects of behavioral therapy, rather than being harmful like many drugs, are actually beneficial, often facilitating self-empowerment through learning functional life skills.
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Stephen Ray Flora is Professor of Psychology at Youngstown State University and is the author of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title The Power of Reinforcement, also published by SUNY Press.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2012
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Pages
190
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ISBN
9780791479643
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English
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Psychology / Clinical Psychology
Psychology / General
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