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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
by Robert Whitaker
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very important, 16 May 2010
Along with his earlier book 'Mad in America' this represents a thorough going critique of psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. He clearly demonstrates that whatever the short term experience of psychiatric drugs the long term outcomes are apalling. Not only is peoples physical health seriously damaged but their mental well being deteriorates the longer they take the drugs, indeed many of the drugs promote the very condition they are alleged to heal. Psychiatry is wholly unscientific and hand in hand with the pharmaceutical industry pulls more and more people into damaging addiction by expanding the areas of life into which psychiatry extends as more and more of human experience is medicalised. The trend is for this to continue and to start at a younger and younger age. This book is a rallying cry to put a stop to this damaging practice.Worth checking out along with this is Joanna Moncrieff's book 'The Myth of the Chemical Cure'.


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