Psychotropic Drugs and Children — a lecture by Robert Whitaker 

Psychotropic Drugs and Children: Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, discusses the disturbing effects of psychotropic drugs prescribed for children. Such medications, used for ADHD, depression, and anxiety, for example, have become commonplace over the past 30 years. This practice profoundly alters the lives of the children, and so now we, as a […]

Bipolar before the psychopharmacology era

From Robert Whitaker’s website links showing how bipolar disorder, too, has been exacerbated since the advent of heavy pharmacological intervention. Polypharmacy/Bipolar illness A. Bipolar Illness Before the Psychopharmacology Era Prior to 1955, bipolar illness was a rare disorder. There were only 12,750 people hospitalized with that disorder in 1955. In addition, there were only about […]

The best natural healer turns out to be nature

All those kids with ADHD and bipolar disorder?? How do they (in general) spend most of their time? On video games and other passive engagement. Not the way we did when we were kids running around all over the place in the great outdoors. Nature is an important part of everyone’s life and we cut […]

Indicator species — By Steven Morgan

Steven has been a guest contributor numerous times now and I never stop delighting in how he sees the world. For all his pieces on this blog see here. Most of those pieces are by him. I think two of them simply speak of his work, but it was the easiest way for me to […]

Christopher Lane: on Madness Radio and on making a splash in the mental health blogosphere

From Madness Radio: Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? British-American literary critic and historian Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, including the way politics and profits drive the bible of mental health treatment, […]

Children and meds again…

A lot of people get excited when they see articles like this in the LA Times today. I’m getting sick of them. They simply don’t go far enough: ‘I need these pills refilled,” the weary mother says, displaying an array of empty bottles on the desk in my office. “My son is bipolar.” The boy, […]