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Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker
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Jun 08, 2010

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Journalist Robert Whitaker pens a timely critique of the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industry. The book's main point boils down to the long term effects of psychiatric medications are poorly understood and can be potentially harmful. Whitaker goes even further to suggest that the use of psychotropics may have created the current upswings in rates of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. While I agree with some of the author's concerns, I was disappointed in the book overall. Much of the research he reviews is quite old, particularly in the chapter about anti-psychotics. I wasn't quite clear on what the rationale was for leaving out more recent research but I suspect the results of newer research may not have entirely supported his argument.
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