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Anatomy of an Epidemic

Robert Whitaker

Anatomy of an Epidemic

by Robert Whitaker

Anatomy of an Epidemic

Robert Whitaker

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Anatomy of an Epidemic teaches you how to make better decisions about your mental health. It details the questionable origin of medication and reveals the interesting connection between psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies.

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Anatomy of an Epidemic

by Robert Whitaker

Anatomy of an Epidemic

Robert Whitaker

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Mental health is an increasingly hot topic. With rates of mental illness increasing every year, particularly among adolescents, we hear a lot about it. If you don't suffer from depression or anxiety, you likely have someone close to you who does.

It's no wonder that the number of psychiatric drugs out there has increased exponentially since their beginning in the 1950s, but what you probably don't know is that many have a sketchy past. These drugs, and the doctors prescribing them, are a part of a billion-dollar industry that doesn't necessarily function in the public's best interest.

Robert Whitaker exposes the history of drugs used to treat mental illness in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. It will leave you wondering whether the drugs you take for your various ailments are actually helping the problem, or making it worse.

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"Rather than fix chemical imbalances in the brain, the drugs create them."

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