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Are antidepressants doing more harm than good?
Doctors, scientists and Big Pharma industry have not been honest in what they tell the public about psychiatric drugs, says Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness.
Whitaker's book eloquently argues that psychiatric drugs — including brand-names such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil and antipsychotics such as Risperdal, Zyprexa, and Seroquel — are driving an epidemic of drug-induced mental illness.
Perhaps better detection and various cultural factors contribute to the spike in the number of disabled mentally ill in society, Whitaker told the Montreal Gazette.
But studies looking at health outcomes suggest a different story, Whitaker said, which is that the very drugs prescribed to treat mental disorders are inducing changes in brain chemistry and triggering suicide and manic and psychotic episodes, among other illnesses.
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