Uploaded by Hugh Massengillon Feb 14, 2011
Hearts and Minds United – Revolutionizing Mental Health Care: As a part of International’s 25th Anniversary, MindFreedom International, in conjunction with the University of Oregon School of Law, is proud to host nationally acclaimed writer, Robert Whitaker, author of ‘Mad in America’ and ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic.’
Bob tells us what the research really has to say about the best mental health treatment options for individuals who have been labeled with severe mental health disorders.
Award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker asks tough questions:
Why has the number of people diagnosed disabled by a psychiatric disorder in the United States tripled over the past two decades?
“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?”
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.
If you missed his last appearance in Eugene, take this valuable opportunity to meet him in person and hear what his years of methodical investigation into the mental health industry tells us about where we need to go from here.