Psychiatry seems to have lost its way in a forest of poorly verified diagnoses and ineffectual medications.— Edward Shorter, Professor of history of medicine & psychiatry
Monthly Archives: October 2011
We are an organic group and expect to continue to grow and evolve. At this point, due to the interest and passion of individuals or groups, eight action groups have emerged. Please contact the group facilitators for more information, or if you want to be included in any group. Also, do be assured that Rethinking Psychiatry will be eager to support you and your interest if you do not find it below.
Education and Outreach
Cindi Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Smith: email@example.com
Healing Perspectives, Protocols, Places, & Perceptions
(AKA the Health & Nutrition Group)
Harriet Cooke: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this WGBH video, Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, discusses the disturbing effects of psychotropic drugs prescribed for children. Such medications, used for ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc., have become commonplace over the past 30 years. This practice profoundly alters the lives of the children. Now we, as a society, urgently need to address this question: do the medications help the children thrive and grow up into healthy adults? Or does this practice do more harm than good over the long-term. Robert Whitaker emphasizes two things:
- the need for an objective, evidence-based approach to evaluating these drugs
- the need for better public understanding of how these medications work.
Click here to watch. Recorded June 15, 2010. 51 minutes