Psychiatric Drugs: An Assault on the Human Condition
Street Spirit Interview with Robert Whitaker
Angela Bishcoff: This is the MOST mind blowing article I’ve ever read on this topic. Whitaker is an investigative reporter. He starts by debunking the effectiveness of these massively hyped wonder drugs — antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, and the new atypical antipsychotic drugs like Zyprexa. His research shows how they often are barely more effective than placebos in treating mental disorder and depression, despite the glowing adulation they have received in the mainstream media.
But he goes on to make the startling claim that these new psychiatric drugs have directly contributed to an alarming new epidemic of drug-induced mental illness. The very drugs prescribed by physicians to stabilize mental disorders in fact are inducing pathological changes in brain chemistry and triggering suicide, manic and psychotic episodes, convulsions, violence, diabetes, pancreatic failure, metabolic diseases, and premature death.
Long article but gripping.