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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, & the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America [audiobook+ebook]

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01 Title, PtI The Epidemic Ch01 A Modern Plague.mp3 20m42s
02 Ch02 Anecdotal Thoughts.mp3 1h0m
03 PtII The Science of Psychiatric Drugs Ch03 The Roots of an Epidemic.mp3 18m48s
04 Ch04 Psychiatrys Magic Bullets.mp3 47m4s
05 Ch05 The Hunt for Chemical Imbalances.mp3 45m7s
06 PtII Outcomes Ch06 A Paradox Revealed.mp3 1h30m
07 Ch07 The Benzo Trap.mp3 54m27s
08 Ch08 An Episodic Illness Turns Chronic.mp3 57m21s
09 Ch09 The Bipolar Boom.mp3 1h21m
10 Ch10 An Epidemic Explained.mp3 24m32s
11 Ch11 The Epidemic Spreads to Children.mp3 1h16m
12 Ch12 Suffer The Children.mp3 30m46s
13 PtIV Explication of a Delusion Ch13 The Rise of an Ideology.mp3 48m44s
14 Ch14 The Story That Was and Wasnt Told.mp3 1h13m
15 Ch15 Tallying Up The Profits.mp3 39m40s
16 PtV Solutions Ch16 Blueprints for Reform.mp3 1h7m
17 Epilogue, Credits.mp3 3m22s
Total Duration 13h57m33s

In this astonishing and startling audiobook, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: 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?

Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled―and dismayed―to discover what was reported in the scientific journals.

Then comes the scientific query at the heart of this book: During the past fifty years, when investigators looked at how psychiatric drugs affected long-term outcomes, what did they find? Did they discover that the drugs help people stay well? Function better? Enjoy good physical health? Or did they find that these medications, for some paradoxical reason, increase the likelihood that people will become chronically ill, less able to function well, more prone to physical illness?

This is the first audiobook to look at the merits of psychiatric medications through the prism of long-term results. Are long-term recovery rates higher for medicated or unmedicated schizophrenia patients? Does taking an antidepressant decrease or increase the risk that a depressed person will become disabled by the disorder? Do bipolar patients fare better today than they did forty years ago, or much worse? When the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studied the long-term outcomes of children with ADHD, did they determine that stimulants provide any benefit?

By the end of this review of the outcomes literature, readers are certain to have a haunting question of their own: Why have the results from these long-term studies―all of which point to the same startling conclusion―been kept from the public?

In this compelling history, Whitaker also tells the personal stories of children and adults swept up in this epidemic. Finally, he reports on innovative programs of psychiatric care in Europe and the United States that are producing good long-term outcomes. Our nation has been hit by an epidemic of disabling mental illness, and yet, as Anatomy of an Epidemic reveals, the medical blueprints for curbing that epidemic have already been drawn up.
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