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Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness

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Dr Karen Kan

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Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children. What is going on?

Join me as I interview award-winning science and history writer Robert Whittaker creator of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. We will be exploring this topic together as I ask him: 

  • Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? 
  • Looking at the research from the last fifty years, do studies reveal that psychiatric drugs help people stay well long term or does it increase the likelihood that they will become chronically ill? 
  • Do studies reveal that children with ADHD have any negative long-term outcomes from the stimulants they are taking? 
  • What are the newest, innovative programs of psychiatric care in Europe and the United States that are producing hopeful long-term outcomes?
  • And more!

Be sure to share this with someone you care about that may be taking Psychiatric Drugs, or struggling with depression, ADHD, or a similar struggle.