In my book Anatomy of an Epidemic, I investigated this puzzle: Why has the number of adults on government disability due to mental illness soared since Prozac's arrival on the market in 1987? Prozac was the first of the "second-generation" psychiatric drugs, and our society's use of these medications has exploded since that time, which presumably... Continue Reading →
Robert Whitaker has a good piece on his blog today. Below are a few of the opening paragraphs. A very important debate is emerging and Whitaker has perhaps been the first to really scratch the surface of psychiatry as an institution. While I know a great many wonderful critics who have written important contributions to... Continue Reading →
The most important aspect of love is not in giving or receiving; it's in the being. When I need love from others, or I need to give love to others, I'm caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love... Continue Reading →
Pat Deegan who I've mentioned on this site before speaks in this video of her experience of being diagnosed with schizophrenia and recovering. She also talks about what all of us who have been labeled with a psychiatric diagnosis experience---the loss of identity as it's handed over to us being our disease.