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Has the Drug-Based Approach to Mental Illness Failed?

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Has the Drug-Based Approach to Mental Illness Failed?

Credit: Getty Images One of the most impressive, disturbing works of science journalism I’ve encountered is Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America , published in 2010. In the book, which I review here , award-winning journalist Robert Whitaker presents evidence that medications for mental illness, over time and in the aggregate, cause net harm. In 2012, I brought Whitaker to my school to give a talk, in part to check him out. He struck me as a smart, sensible, meticulous reporter whose in-depth research had led him to […]

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