Robert Whitaker

Some interesting quotations (Part 6)

You might find some (or all) of the following quotes interesting: “Whatever we’ve been doing for five decades, it ain’t working.” Dr. Thomas Insel (former director of the National Institute of Mental Health) * “Sophisticated and superstitious therapists often wonder…
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Anatomy of an Industry: Commerce, Payments to Psychiatrists and Betrayal of the Public Good

This article by Robert Whitaker has been written within an America context (but with wider applicability) and has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “The 2013 federal Open Payments legislation, which requires pharmaceutical companies to disclose their direct payments…
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Medicating Preschoolers for ADHD: How “Evidence-Based” Psychiatry Has Led to a Tragic End

This article by Robert Whitaker has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In its May 25, 2021 issue, JAMA published a  report  on the comparative efficacy of two medications for treating preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD. Both methylphenidate and guanfacine were deemed to…
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Psychiatry’s Harmful Conflicts of Interest

Subtitled “Sunshine” legislation is ineffective against widespread financial entanglement, this article from Dr. Christopher Lane is written within an American context and has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “When Congress passed the Physician Payments Sunshine Act in 2010,…
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Soteria Past, Present, and Future: The Evidence For This Model of Care

In this video (see below) Robert Whitaker – an American journalist and author, writing primarily about medicine, science, and history – talks about the evidence base for Soteria houses. The video producers say: “There is a long record of evidence…
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The BBC, Harrow, and a Public Left in the Dark

“Martin Harrow and Thomas Jobe began their study, which was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, in the late 1970s. They enrolled 200 psychotic patients who had been treated conventionally in a mental hospital with antipsychotics and simply…
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Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

“An updated edition of the classic history of schizophrenia in America, which gives voice to generations of patients who suffered through “cures” that only deepened their suffering and impaired their hope of recovery” This book has been written by award-winning journalist…
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