Mad in America – history, science and psychiatry

Rethinking Mental Health Care: The Story of the Oregon Symposium and the Foundation that Sponsored it. March 30, 2011 … (full long text In the News).

(My comment: I put on this blog some websites made for professionals of psychiatry and psychological therapies, because I want make aware a concerned public that medicaments are not the way to resolve our problems. For me these medicaments treat symptoms, not the cause. Medicaments are most of the time taken by clients in an attitude as consumer: Doctor, give me medicaments to have a good life (to let me consume my life) = for me this is like a negotiation with the devil (please, not seen as a morality, but as technical facts acting inside of our living network we are). So, Life is more than an amount of symptoms, life is first a spiritual fact = the sane expression of the network we are. Medicaments are only disturbing this network by forcing some symptoms to disappear, which makes them appear again elsewhere = makes us insane).

Anatomy of an Epidemic; Bio Dr. Roger Whitaker; Documents: Antipsychotics/Schizophrenia, Benzodiazepines/Anxiety, Antidepressants/Depression, Polypharmacy/Bipolar illness, Psychotropics/Child and adolescent disorders;
Addresses and Contact.

About the book Mad in America: Mad in America is a history of the treatment of the severely mentally ill in the United States from colonial times until today. 

The book tells of the introduction of moral therapy in the early 1800 by the Quakers; the eugenic attitudes toward the mentally ill embraced by American society in the first half of the 20th centuy; and the various somatic therapies–the shock therapies and frontal lobtomy–embraced by psychiatry in the 1930s and 1940s. Finally, it tells of the poor outcomes for schizophrenia patients in the modern psychopharmacology era. (See chapters).

Conventional histories of psychiatry tell of how Thorazine and other antipsychotic medications “revolutionized” the care of the severely mentally ill. These drugs made it possible for people with schizophrenia to leave the asylum and live in the community–or so the story is told. Mad in America puts that story of progress under a historical and scientific microscope.

The history told in Mad in America will surprise many readers. In its review of the scientific literature, the book reveals that long-term outcome studies  of antipsychotics regularly showed that the drugs increased the likelihood that people diagnosed with schizophrenia would become chronically ill. The book also investigates the marketing of the new atypical antipsychotic medications in the 1990s, and uncovers the scientific fraud at the heart of that enterprise.

About the Documents: … (full text).

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