Anatomy of An Epidemic

Anatomy of An Epidemic

Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

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Updated edition with bonus material, including a new foreword and afterword with new research

In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children. What is going on?
Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled—and dismayed—to discover what was reported in the scientific journals.
Then comes the scientific query at the heart of this book: During the past fifty years, when investigators looked at how psychiatric drugs affected long-term outcomes, what did they find? Did they discover that the drugs help people stay well? Function better? Enjoy good physical health? Or did they find that these medications, for some paradoxical reason, increase the likelihood that people will become chronically ill, less able to function well, more prone to physical illness?
This is the first book to look at the merits of psychiatric medications through the prism of long-term results. Are long-term recovery rates higher for medicated or unmedicated schizophrenia patients? Does taking an antidepressant decrease or increase the risk that a depressed person will become disabled by the disorder? Do bipolar patients fare better today than they did forty years ago, or much worse? When the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studied the long-term outcomes of children with ADHD, did they determine that stimulants provide any benefit?
By the end of this review of the outcomes literature, readers are certain to have a haunting question of their own: Why have the results from these long-term studies—all of which point to the same startling conclusion—been kept from the public?
In this compelling history, Whitaker also tells the personal stories of children and adults swept up in this epidemic. Finally, he reports on innovative programs of psychiatric care in Europe and the United States that are producing good long-term outcomes. Our nation has been hit by an epidemic of disabling mental illness, and yet, as Anatomy of an Epidemic reveals, the medical blueprints for curbing that epidemic have already been drawn up.

Baker & Taylor
The award-winning author of Mad in America presents a controversial assessment of the rise in mental illness-related disabilities that considers if drug-based care may be fueling illness rates throughout the past half century.

& Taylor

Presents a controversial assessment of the rise in mental illness-related disabilities and considers if drug-based care may be fueling illness rates throughout the past half century.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, c2010
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780307452429
Characteristics: xi, 404 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 28, 2018

This book, plus, Altered Genes Twisted Truth (about GMO's) and Critical Vaccine Studies make a perfect trio to consider together. All three document a compelling and exhaustively referenced body of science that shows clearly how the greater good has been compromised by pharmaceutical company interests.
In all three cases, what started out as being justified....
Using drugs to treat SOME cases of depression
Using Genetic engineering to make human insulin IN A CONTROLLED LAB
Using vaccines for specific diseases at specific times.
Became a segue to push psychotropic drugs upon WAY more people than they actually benefit, who then can't get off of them and five years down the road have far worse outcomes than those never treated. And to release GMO's out into the environment where they can never be recalled, or to inflict them on those who don't want to consume them and derive no benefit from doing so. And to force vaccines upon those who don't want that risk, while removing legal remedies from those harmed by them, so that making more and more, that are poorly tested is the new cash cow for the pharmaceutical industry.
See a theme here....all three of these are being driven by pharma profits.

Nov 19, 2015

The main question of this book: // Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? \\
Skimmed this book, and the author does make some good points, but blatantly ignores the obvious: 4 official jobless recoveries [really 6 or more] since the late 1980s with simultaneous increase in massive pension theft - - leading to a growth in people, not being hired ever again, seeking disability at the state and/or federal level with the most common cause being depression, which is counted under the category of mental illness.
See? With every jobless recovery, more people will not be rehired, and a certain percentage of them put in for it [plus the drug addicts and alcoholics, et cetera], thusly a false reading. [In the author's favor, since the Reagan administration when Reagan gutted the FDA, way over 60,000 synthetic chemicals have been introduced into our environment without being tested for toxicity!

gettingstronger Jul 04, 2012

A great book for anyone who is recommended to go on psychiatric medication and is unsure about it and wants to learn about the full picture regarding psychotropic drugs. This book analyzes the long-term outcomes of these medications and helps your weigh the pros and cons of them.

Sep 19, 2011

A thorough, accessible, and impassioned study and a fantastic critique of the role of psychiatric drugs in the rise, rather than fall, of cases of mental illness.

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