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Anatomy Of An Epidemic

Author : Robert Whitaker
ISBN : 0307452433
Genre : Psychology
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Now with bonus material, including a new foreword and afterword with updated research In this astonishing and startling book, 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 book 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.
Category: Psychology


Author : Allen Frances
ISBN : 9783832187118
Genre : Medical
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1980 hielt man einen Menschen für normal, wenn er ein Jahr lang um einen nahen Angehörigen trauerte. 1994 empfahl man Psychiatern mindestens zwei Monate Trauerzeit abzuwarten, bevor man Traurigkeit, Schlaflosigkeit, Konzentrationsstörungen und Apathie als behandlungsbedürftige Depression einstufte. Mit dem neuen Katalog psychischer Störungen ›DSM 5‹ wird ab Mai 2013 empfohlen, schon nach wenigen Wochen die Alarmglocken zu läuten. Vor einer Inflation der Diagnosen in der Psychiatrie warnt deshalb der international renommierte Psychiater Allen Frances. Er zeigt auf, welche brisanten Konsequenzen die Veröffentlichung haben wird: Alltäg-liche und zum Leben gehörende Sorgen und Seelenzustände werden als behandlungsbedürftige, geistige Krankheiten kategorisiert. Verständlich und kenntnisreich schildert Allen Frances, was diese Änderungen bedeuten, wie es zu der überhandnehmenden Pathologisierung allgemein-menschlicher Verhaltensweisen kommen konnte, welche Interessen dahinterstecken und welche Gegenmaßnahmen es gibt. Ein fundamentales Buch über Geschichte, Gegenwart und Zukunft psychiatrischer Diagnosen sowie über die Grenzen der Psychiatrie – und ein eindrückliches Plädoyer für das Recht, normal zu sein.
Category: Medical

Anatomy Of An Epidemic

Author : Frederic P. Miller
ISBN : 6133854103
Genre : Medical
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America is book by Robert Whitaker published in 2010 by Crown. Whitaker asks why the number of Americans who receive government disability for mental illness approximately doubled since 1987. He tries to answer that question and examines the long-term outcomes for the mentally ill in the U.S. Whitaker explains that the drugs given to people with schizophrenia and depression were developed during a period of growth for the pharmaceutical industry, following that industry's development of magic bullets that treat people with, for example, diabetes. The public wanted to believe in wonder drugs. Unfortunately, the reasons the pharmaceutical companies gave for the drugs working (too much or too little dopamine or serotonin in the patient's brain) have not proved to be true.
Category: Medical

Anatomy Of An Epidemic

Author : Gordon Thomas
ISBN : IND:39000001947816
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Depicts the outbreak of legionnaires' disease at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia in 1976 and the efforts of scientists to discover its cause.
Category: Health & Fitness

Summary Study Guide Adhd Nation

Author : Lee Tang
ISBN : 9780995943117
Genre : Psychology
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Everyone who works with children should read this book. The must-read summary of “ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic,” by Alan Schwarz. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a biological disorder of the brain that can be treated with medications when appropriate. In the 1980s, only 3 percent of American children were diagnosed with ADHD. But now that number is 15 percent—three times what the experts have said is appropriate. Meanwhile, the prevalence of ADHD in other countries such as France, Finland, and Japan, has remained low at below 1 percent. This means that millions of American kids, some as young as three years old, are misdiagnosed and taking powerful stimulant medications like Adderall or Ritalin for a psychiatric condition they probably do not have. This complete summary of Alan Schwarz’s book reveals the powerful forces fueling its widespread diagnosis and drug treatment through the experiences of three people. One is the father of ADHD and its medications, who now regrets its current misuse. The second is a 7-year-old girl who was misdiagnosed with ADHD. The third is a 14-year-old boy who faked symptoms to get the drug. Both kids spent ten years suffering the consequences of using the medication. This guide includes: * Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations. * Online Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter. Value-added of this guide: * Save time * Understand key concepts quickly * Expand your knowledge Read this summary if you are a parent, professional or individual, who is dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.
Category: Psychology

Plague In Sydney

Author : Peter H. Curson
ISBN : 0868402192
Genre : Epidemics
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Category: Epidemics

Anatomy Of An Epidemic

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ISBN : OCLC:44217703
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Presents information on epidemics, defined as diseases that affect many people at once. Offers general information about disease and about specific epidemics. Includes animated maps showing the spread of epidemics. Highlights such epidemics as AIDS, influenza, smallpox, the plague, and mad cow disease. Details the causes and prevention of diseases. Contains quizzes, a glossary, and a discussion area. Notes that the information was prepared by students as part of the ThinkQuest student competition.

Anatomy Of An Epidemic

Author : Arthur Frank Mowle
ISBN : OCLC:221854303
Genre : AIDS (Disease)
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Category: AIDS (Disease)