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    Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Hardback) By (author) Robert Whitaker

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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    Anatomy of an Epidemic
    Subtitle
    Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Whitaker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307452412
    ISBN 10: 0307452417
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.5
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: VFJ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 616.89
    B&T General Subject: 670
    BISAC V2.8: MED102000, PSY022000, MED071000, MED105000
    B&T Approval Code: A67260000
    BISAC V2.8: MED105020, PSY018000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16990
    B&T Approval Code: A67150000
    BIC subject category V2: VFJP
    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: RC443 .W437 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP, DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE INC
    Publication date
    01 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    ROBERT WHITAKER is the author of Mad in America, The Mapmaker’s Wife, and On the Laps of Gods, all of which won recognition as “notable books” of the year. His newspaper and magazine articles on the mentally ill and the pharmaceutical industry have garnered several national awards, including a George Polk Award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writers Award for best magazine article. A series he cowrote for the Boston Globe on the abuse of mental patients in research settings was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
    Review quote
    "The timing of Robert Whitaker's "Anatomy of an Epidemic," a comprehensive and highly readable history of psychiatry in the United States, couldn't be better."--"Salon."com "Anatomy of an Epidemic offers some answers, charting controversial ground with mystery-novel pacing."--"TIME."com "Lucid, pointed and important, "Anatomy of an Epidemic" should be required reading for anyone considering extended use of psychiatric medicine. Whitaker is at the height of his powers."--Greg Critser, author of "Generation Rx ""Why are so many more people disabled by mental illness than ever before? Why are those so diagnosed dying 10-25 years earlier than others? In "Anatomy of an Epidemic" investigative reporter Robert Whitaker cuts through flawed science, greed and outright lies to reveal that the drugs hailed as the cure for mental disorders instead worsen them over the long term. But Whitaker's investigation also offers hope for the future: solid science backs nature's way of h