Children — ADHD & bipolar (history etc) Robert Whitaker – Psychiatric Epidemic

Here, Robert Whitaker looks at the research that specifically deals with Children — especially ADHD but also so-called Bipolar Disorder. The evidence is clear: the ethics behind the use of these toxic medications on children is highly questionable.

He repeats the information about the studies that have shown that ritalin is essentially long acting speed. The research comes from a very mainstream source. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Robert Whitaker on Psychiatric Drugs (interview CBC Radio)

Robert Whitaker has argued for years that millions of the people who are prescribed those drugs derive no benefit from them. And in fact, the drugs may make their illness worse.

Mr. Whitaker’s criticisms were controversial when he published his research in a 2010 book calledAnatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. That book, though, won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award, and since its publication, an increasing number of psychiatric researchers have come to agree with his conclusions. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The conversation has begun! NAMI has Robert Whitaker speak at convention. NAMI member responds…

The conversation has begun!

Kathy Brandt, a former President of NAMI, write of her experience listening to Robert Whitaker at the NAMI convention. YES!! NAMI had Robert Whitaker speak at the convention. This is very very good news….It’s clear that it’s a very scary process for many people who are first encountering the power of his research. Those of us who have been living the truth of his research for so many years have a hard time understanding what it’s like to encounter such truths for the first time. Some of us who’ve found much more wholesome ways to heal were able to avoid the harm psychiatry causes so many completely and don’t really know what it’s like to have gone down the road of taking drugs that harm. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Robert Whitaker’s response to E. Fuller Torrey. About the rationale for forced psychiatric treatment

The logic behind outpatient commitment laws is that antipsychotic medication is a necessary good for people with a diagnosis of severe mental illness. The medications are known to be helpful, but—or so the argument goes—people with “severe mental illness” lack insight into their disease and this is why they reject the medication.

However, if the history of science presented in Anatomy of an Epidemic is correct, antipsychotic medications, over the long term, worsen long-term outcomes in the aggregate, and thus a person refusing to take antipsychotic medications may, in fact, have good medical reason for doing so. And if that is so, the logic for forced treatment collapses.