Anatomy of an Epidemic - Robert Whitaker

Anatomy of an Epidemic

By Robert Whitaker

  • Publication Date: 2010-04-13
  • Genre: Psychology
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 26 Ratings)

Book Overview

Now with bonus material, including a new foreword and afterword with updated 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.

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Users Reviews

  • Most important book of the 21 century

    By Dr_Joanne
    Whitaker's honest and compelling investigation into the advent and history of psychiatric drugging is a must read for every person who risk falling victim to diagnosis and drugging- simply, everyone. No one is safe, we are all potential candidates for mislabeling, false positives and even abuse. Knowledge is power.
  • Great book

    By TruAztec
    As a psychologist I have seen people go on medications and do amazingly well but more often see people stay the same or get worse on medications. I fear that when it does not go well that the doctor will start adding medications, instead of seeing that the medications do now work. This is finally the book that I can give to my friends who are physicians and have a way to support what I have been seeing for years. This is a wonderful piece of journalism and one that people should be required to read before starting medications for psychological issues. It would allow the client to be informed and would allow them to make a choice that is best for them with eyes wide open.
  • Anatomy of an Epidemic

    By Gibbygibb63
    This is a very important book; one for professionals, the millions of people on psychiatric medications (yes, that includes all of you that your GP has you taking Prozac, et. al.), & millions of parents who have been convinced their children are ADD, ADHD, bi-polar etc. & require daily medication. I was surprised, angered & grateful for every chapter, section & sentence. I could not put this book down. Whitaker's research & documentation of the conspiracy of drug company's, the APA, psychiatrists, & even NAMI to market these meds. is beyond reproach. And their motivation wasn't to simply "help people," (the drug trials never proved any of these meds. worked better then the placebos) rather it was to build a multi billion dollar dependency. As detailed & scientific as this book is, it is an easy read! Once you start you will not be able to put it down