Mass psychosis in the US - How Big Pharma got Americans hooked on anti-psychotic drugs.
Can Our Medical Model of Care Be Remade? — By Robert Whitaker
A Schizophrenia Mystery Solved?
Tracking the American Epidemic of Mental Illness - Part I By Evelyn Pringle
Tracking the American Epidemic of Mental Illness - Part II By Evelyn Pringle
Tracking the American Epidemic of Mental Illness - Part III By Evelyn Pringle
Tracking the American Epidemic of Mental Illness - Part IV By Evelyn Pringle
Psychiatric overdiagnosis means "normal" could become obsolete by Jenny
The Americanization of Mental Illness By ETHAN WATTERS
Head Case Can psychiatry be a science? by Louis Menand
A psychiatric revolution by Andrew Scull - a history of psychiatry
Neuroplasticity of the brain — Steven Morgan "In fact, there are so many problems with making the simple statement, “Mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain,” that it should perhaps be discontinued altogether.......Here is an example of what a worker could tell a client: “Your brain changes in response to the experiences you have. Even though psychiatric disorders show up on the biological level as differences in the brain’s functioning, your brain is not set in stone. In fact, you can change it, though it will take time and effort. There is much reason to be hopeful.”
Sadness is Not a Disorder Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield are authors of "The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder."
"In recent decades, what is meant by depression - the range of the psychiatric diagnosis - has expanded dramatically. Indeed, too much. Depression, for many doctors, therapists, and for our society at large, has come to encompass feelings of sadness that are not disorders at all. We may be in danger of losing the notion of normal human sadness. And that would be a loss for our sense of humanity."
Does Mental Illness Exist? by Lawrence Stevens, J.D.
"Nothing has harmed the quality of individual life in modern society more than the misbegotten belief that human suffering is driven by biological and genetic causes and can be rectified by taking drugs or undergoing electroshock therapy. ... If I wanted to ruin someone's life, I would convince the person that biological psychiatry is right - that relationships mean nothing, that choice is impossible, and that the mechanics of a broken brain reign over our emotions and conduct. If I wanted to impair an individual's capacity to create empathetic, loving relationships, I would prescribe psychiatric drugs, all of which blunt our highest psychological and spiritual functions." Dr Peter Breggin
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Last updated 22 July 2015