Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

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 nations children. What is going on?

Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges listeners 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. Listeners 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 50 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. By the end of this review of the outcomes literature, listeners 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?

Science & Nature
Ken Kliban
hr min
May 18
Audible Studios

Customer Reviews

allgenres ,

A gold medal to Robert Whitaker!

For telling the truth about the lies and greed of the pharma companies and helping people to seek good, non pill-pushing doctors which cause more problems for the patient. Again, a special medal should be awarded to this competent, excellent journalist. However, think there's a special place in hell for all the greedy, incompetent pill-pushers, as well as many in the pharm industry!!

Ry Ruu ,

On Point

This book is bold, clear and plain. The truth is uttered in this very convincing and inspiring compilation. I am a University of Utah MSW grad and was listening to a panel talk about there experiences with mental illness. One man who was diagnosed schizophrenia in and out of the state hospital explained his experience in reading this book and it changing his life. He is now fully functioning, with a job and strong family and friend relationships. I believe whole heartedly Robert Whitakers research a and stance on this issue and am grateful for all the hard work he put in to help us understand the history of psychotropic medication, and the pharmaceutical industry

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