The recent rise in mental illness

Here is a rather good piece of information I came across in a magazine today:

Why has the number of people with mental illness in North America tripled in the last 20 years? Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker sheds light on the answer:

“Back in the 1980s the medical literature was filled with studies showing that psychiatric medications like antipsychotics and antidepressants didn’t heal chemical imbalances in the brain, but in fact created such imbalances. Essentially the weight of scientific evidence was exposing that, in long-term use, psychiatric drugs were actually making people become sicker and stay sick indefinitely”

Source: May 2011 Focus Magazine.


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