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Psychiatry Under the Influence


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Foreword PART I: SEEDS OF CORRUPTION 1. A Case Study of Institutional Corruption 2. Psychiatry Adopts a Disease Model 3. Economies of Influence PART II: SCIENCE CORRUPTED 4. The Etiology of Mental Illness is Now Known 5. Psychiatry's New Drugs 6. Expanding the Market 7. Protecting the Market 8. The End Product: Clinical Practice Guidelines PART III: THE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS 9. A Society Harmed 10. Putting Psychiatry on the Couch 11. Prescriptions for Reform

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"This timely book is a careful and thoughtful analysis of institutional and political influences on the way psychiatry works today, and it provides a scholarly exploration of a problem that has consequences for all of us. Whitaker and Cosgrove's passionate critique gives us the resources to develop solutions and to mobilize voices for an authentically liberating response to questions of mental health." - Ian Parker, Professor of Management, University of Leicester, UK "Psychiatry Under the Influence is a thoughtful and well-researched expose of the current framing of mental health and illness, using the lens of institutional corruption to examine the dual influence of psychiatry's financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry and professional protectionism. This is a profoundly humanistic critique of how the scientific evidence supporting newer psychiatric drug treatments could be so poor, yet have 'street cred'. This a 'must read' on the medicalization of modern life." - Barbara Mintzes, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Australia

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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."


"This is an extraordinary piece of work that should be read by every mental health professional, minimally. The book might also serve well as a supplemental advanced undergraduate or graduate textbook in a psychopathology or even a research methods class. Where research methods courses separate good from bad science, Whitaker and Cosgrove have now provided us with numerous examples of bad science to which we can now add, corrupt science." (Fred Ernst, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol. 46, 2016)

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