The Dream Drugstore
Chemically Altered States of Consciousness
By (author) J. Allan Hobson
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Dream Drugstore by J. Allan Hobson
Book DescriptionIn this book, J. Allan Hobson offers a new understanding of altered states of consciousness based on knowledge of how our brain chemistry is balanced when we are awake and how that balance shifts when we fall asleep and dream. He draws on recent research that enables us to explain how psychedelic drugs work to disturb that balance and how similar imbalances may cause depression and schizophrenia. He also draws on work that expands our understanding of how certain drugs can correct imbalances and restore the brain's natural equilibrium. Hobson explains the chemical balance concept in terms of what we know about the regulation of normal states of consciousness over the course of the day by brain chemicals called neuromodulators. He presents striking confirmation of the principle that every drug that has transformative effects on consciousness interacts with the brain's own consciousness-altering chemicals. In the section called "The Medical Drugstore," Hobson describes drugs used to counteract anxiety and insomnia, to raise and lower mood, and to eliminate or diminish the hallucinations and delusions of schizophrenia. He discusses the risks involved in their administration, including the possibility of new disorders caused by indiscriminate long-term use. In "The Recreational Drugstore," Hobson discusses psychedelic drugs, narcotic analgesia, and natural drugs. He also considers the distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate drug use. In the concluding "Psychological Drugstore," he discusses the mind as an agent, not just the mediator, of change, and corrects many erroneous assumptions and practices that hinder the progress of psychoanalysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262582209
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author J. Allan Hobson
Dream Life, Hardback (April 2011)
A pioneer in sleep and dream science surveys his life and work through the lens of dreaming and consciousness.
Sleep and Mental Illness, Hardback (April 2010)» View all books by J. Allan Hobson
This comprehensive volume provides clinicians with a better understanding of the correlation between sleep and mental illness.
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Author Biography - J. Allan Hobson
J. Allan Hobson is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Dreaming Brain: How the Brain Creates Both the Sense and The Nonsense of Dreams, Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind (MIT Press,1999), The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness (MIT Press, 1999, 2001), and other books.
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