“Mad in America” author Robert Whitaker speaking on the need for revolution in the mental health system

Uploaded by on 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?
Whitaker asks:
“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.

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