Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform (Hardcover)

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Psychiatry Under the Influence investigates how the influence of pharmaceutical money and guild interests has corrupted the behavior of the American Psychiatric Association and academic psychiatry during the past 35 years. The book documents how the psychiatric establishment regularly misled the American public about what was known about the biology of mental disorders, the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, and the safety and efficacy of its drugs. It also looks at how these two corrupting influences encouraged the expansion of diagnostic boundaries and the creation of biased clinical practice guidelines. This corruption has led to significant social injury, and in particular, a societal lack of informed consent regarding the use of psychiatric drugs, and the pathologizing of normal behaviors in children and adults. This book argues that reforming psychiatry will require the neutralization of these two corrupting influences-pharmaceutical money and guild interests-and the establishment of multidisciplinary authority over the field of mental health.

About the Author


Robert Whitaker is the author of four books, two of which--Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic - tell of the history of psychiatric treatments. Anatomy of an Epidemic won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism in 2010. He is a former Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, USA. Lisa Cosgrove is Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA and a Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, USA. She is also a clinical psychologist. She has co-edited and co-authored casebooks on the ethical and medico-legal issues that arise in organized psychiatry because of financial conflicts of interest. She received the 2014 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology for her paper "Industry's Colonization of Psychiatry."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781137506948
ISBN-10: 1137506946
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2015
Pages: 241
Language: English