America’s real drug epidemic (3)

Medical journalist Robert Whitaker wrote an explosive book, ANATOMY OF AN EPIDEMIC: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, in which he argued that much mental illness is caused or made worse by the use of psychiatric drugs.  Here are some videos showing him making his case.

Fast forward through the first minute and a half of the above video to get to the gist of Whitaker’s presentation.

Fast forward through the first five or so minutes to get to the gist of Whitaker’s presentation.

I recommend reading the book or, if you don’t have time for that, my previous two posts, but the videos give the gist of his argument for those who learn better by listening than by reading.

Click on Anatomy of an Epidemic for Robert Whitaker’s home page and links to the scientific studies he cites in his book.

Click on Antipsychotic drugs and chronic illness for Robert Whitaker’s list of studies for his earlier book, Mad in America.

Click on Mad in America for Robert Whitaker’s web log for Psychology Today.

Click on Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic: the Carlat Take and The Carlat Take Part 2 for an thoughtful critique of Whitaker’s book by a psychiatrist named Daniel Carlat.  Both his mini-essays and their comment threads are well worth reading.

Click on Do Psych Drugs Do More Harm Than Good? for an account of a confrontation between Whitaker and Andrew Nierenberg, a psychiatrist who directs Massachusetts General Hospital’s bipolar research program.

Click on The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? and The Illusions of Psychiatry  for a two-part series by Marcia Angell in the New York Review of Books.

My two earlier posts on this subject were a review of Whitaker’s book and a presentation of charts illustrating his argument.

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One Response to “America’s real drug epidemic (3)”

  1. Anne Tanner Says:


    Thank you for these three posts. I’ll be a while going through them but it’s clear they need to receive attention.


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