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Book Updates
Anatomy of an Epidemic Wins Investigative Journalism Award
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Investigative Reporters and Editors recently named Anatomy of an Epidemic as the winner of its 2010 best “investigative journalism” award in the books category. Here is the IRE’s citation:
Book: Robert Whitaker for “Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.” This eye-opening investigation of the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship with the medical system lays out troubling evidence that the very medications prescribed for mental illness may, in increasing measure, be part of the  problem. Whitaker marshals evidence to suggest medications “increase the risk that a person will become disabled” permanently by disorders such as depression, bipolar illness and schizophrenia. This book provides an in-depth exploration of medical studies and science and intersperses compelling anecdotal examples. In the end, Whitaker punches holes in the conventional wisdom of treatment of mental illness with drugs.
Psychotropic Drugs and Children
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I recently was asked to give a talk to a group called “Science for the Public” on psychotropic drugs and children. A video of that talk was posted on WGBH’s website. http://forum-network.org/lecture/psychotropic-drugs-and-children
Time Magazine Review
Saturday, April 24, 2010
As I expected, Anatomy of an Epidemic is turning out to be a controversial book. A nice review in New Scientist magazine, a thrashing in the Boston Globe, and now a good review in Time magazine. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
For my reply to the Boston Globe criticism, go to madinamerica.com
New Scientist Review of Anatomy of an Epidemic
Sunday, April 11, 2010
My new book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, will be released on April 13. Given its provocative theme, which is that psychiatric medications worsen the long-term course of mental disorders, I expect to hear a fair amount of criticism from reviewers. It was comforting, then, to see this first review of the book that appeared in the New Scientist. The reviewer, Druin Burch, is a physician who writes about the history of medicine and about “evidence-based” medicine, and so it was nice to see that he found the book to be rooted in a thorough review of the science.
Upcoming Talks
(open to the public)
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September 8
Wellington, New Zealand
September 24
Western Mass and Albany Assoc. for Psychoanalytic Psychiatry
Stockbridge, MA
October 14,15
William Glasser Institute
Dublin, Ireland
October 26
AMI of Quebec
Montreal, Canada
Octobert 28
American Psychiatric Association, Institute on Psychiatric Services
San Francisco, CA
October 29
International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry
Los Angeles, Ca
November 3
Toronto, CA
November 5
Oklahoma Psychological Assoc.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
November 8
Mental Health Association of Connecticut
St. Joseph’s College
West Hartford, CT
November 11
Soteria Conference
Derby, U.K.
November 26
London, UK
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