The work of Robert Whitaker has changed my life.
After his keynote speech at PsychOUT 2011 I learned that the chemical imbalance was a theory and my suicide experience on Prozac wasn’t my fault. I cried when I heard him speak.
From the CBC Website:
For the past 25 years, people suffering from depression have been treated with drugs such as Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil … selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s), otherwise known as anti-depressants. The theory goes that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. And if you can correct that, you can snatch your life back from under the soul-crushing weight of depression.
In fact, there’s a pharmaceutical treatment for just about every form of mental illness from schizophrenia to ADHD and a raft of anxiety disorders. Hundreds of millions of prescriptions are written for anti-psychotic, antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications every year in the United States alone, producing billions of dollar in revenue for pharmaceutical companies.
But Robert Whitaker has argued for years that millions of the people who are prescribed those drugs derive no benefit from them. And in fact, the drugs may make their…
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