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le 4 février 2011
I casually put this book on a list of books to read a while back and got a hold of it just a week after having a "bad" reaction to an anti-depressant, and wish I had read this book much earlier. There is significant evidence, as detailed in the book, that many common anti-depressants, psychotics, anxiety, bi-bolor have poor long term outcomes vs. nonmedicated sufferers, which is surprising. I had bought somewhat into the chemical imbalance theory of these disorders, but this books indicates that there is little evidence for this. In fact, a prime criticism of this book is that it doesn't mount much of a defence for the other side, doesn't overview the evidence as to why people believed that these medicines worked. Partly that's because this evidence comes in the form of people do worse when taken off the medication, which can be easily explained given how the brain adapts. Perhaps it's also because the evidence doesn't exist. It'd be interesting to see some rebuttals along more concrete lines, with references, etc., rather than vague allusions to "the complexity" of the problem.
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Finally someone is speaking out about the consequences of massive psychiatric drugging. Ever more people are being lured into the drug trap. Once started, very few people ever succeed at quitting them. Those who stay on the drugs suffer irreversible, disabling damage to their central nervous systems. With one in eight people on these drugs, the word "epidemic" in this respect is an understatement.

Not only is psychiatric meddling catastrophic for its victims, but it takes a terrible economic toll on all of society which is first forced to fund disabling so many people, and subsequently continues to be forced to fund the lifelong support and care of the so disabled.

Whitaker has done his homework well. He presents his case by confronting medical science with its own research results, which can lead to no other conclusion than that psychiatry's bag of chemical tricks is only endlessly harmful.

Unfortunately, in the final chapter he makes the two mistakes that he avoided so well in his book Mad in America. The first is that he tries to sound moderate by claiming that "there is a place for drugs in psychiatry's toolbox" thereby invalidating everything he wrote in all the previous chapters. The only possible valid use of psychiatric drugs is in tempering a withdrawal delirium, which would not be necessary if the drugs had never been administered in the first place. His second mistake is that he tries to propose an alternative in the example of psychiatric practice in Lapland, where, according to his description, the approach is more psychosocial with fewer drugs. But the evidence he himself presents indicates that fewer drugs is not enough, only no drugs is enough, and the efficacy of psychobabble remains unpersuasive. The book would have been better without the last chapter, except for the well-deserved tribute to attorney Jim Gottstein.

Nevertheless, if you're thinking of taking a psychiatric drug or giving one to your child, please read this book first.

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le 17 juin 2011
I wish I had read this book before I agreed to go on the antidepressant medications prescribed by my doctor following my divorce and the natural grief and sadness associated with that profound loss. Maybe it would have saved me from ten years of physical and mental misery.

I am one of the many people who have suddenly found themselves saddled with a diagnosis of "Bipolar II" (and endless prescriptions for anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety and sleep medications) after my initial use of antidepressants triggered a hypomanic episode. It was the first, and only, episode I've EVER experienced in my more than 50 years on the planet. It was not caused by a "mental illness" or "chemical imbalance" in my brain, as my doctor told me. I now know that it is a relatively common side-effect of the anti-depressant prescribed by my doctor. And the drugs that were then prescribed to counteract this initial side-effect caused even more side-effects, each requiring yet another drug to address it.

Weaning myself off the medications was absolutely horrific, a hellish experience I would not wish on anyone. And even after getting off the meds I continued to experience bizarre symptoms for almost two years. Uncontrollable trembling, auditory hallucinations, extreme anxiety, insomnia that was off the charts, a little delight known as "brain zaps", sudden outbursts of rage, constant suicidal ideation, and an inability to focus on anything for longer than about five minutes were just some of my withdrawal and post-withdrawal symptoms. I was transformed from a high-performing and outgoing individual, who had recently graduated with an honours degree and numerous awards and scholarships, into a quivering invalid unable to work, socialize or look after my child properly.

As "Anatomy of an Epidemic" shows, I am by no means alone. I am personally in touch with hundreds of people in online communities who have been harmed in similar ways by psychiatric medications. Reading their stories is enough to make anyone weep, especially the stories of parents who have seen their children - some as young as two years of age - profoundly and irredeemably damaged by these drugs, all for the sake of pharmaceutical company profits. It is a travesty and one that we as a society should be aware of and concerned about.

If you are considering taking psychiatric medications for the first time, please read this book before making a final decision to do so. It presents clear, well-researched information that you will not get from your doctor, the pharmaceutical companies or the mainstream medical community. I have read literally hundreds of books, articles and research studies about this subject in the past several years in an effort to educate and help myself - Roger Whitaker's "Anatomy of an Epidemic" provides an excellent summary of the faulty science behind our medicated society. Highly recommended reading.
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le 12 janvier 2013
The book is heavy reading, with a bit too much detail around the various experts quoted. I would have liked more down to earth, lay friendly detail, yet I believe this to be ground breaking information that may impact on the developments around mental health recovery.
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le 2 octobre 2014
Much appreciated book
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