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'Anatomy of An Epidemic' author writes back

December 6, 2011
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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Robert Whitaker writes back to criticize rebuttals published in Behavioral Healthcare

Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, whose two-part interview in Behavioral Healthcare was the subject of critique by psychiatrist William Glazer MD (click here for Part I), issued a sharp and critical analysis of Glazer’s views in a Nov. 30 post at his own website.

In his piece, Whitaker differs sharply and systemically with Glazer’s views, continuing his intellectual assault on psychiatry’s traditional reliance on psychiatric medications as the keystone of treating mental illness.

After raising concerns about Glazer’s ties to the pharmaceutical industry, Whitaker reasserts his book’s central point—that the use of psychiatric medications is contributing to dramatic increases in rates of psychiatric disability.

Later, Whitaker offers an elegant summary of supersensitivity psychosis and long-term outcomes from treatment with antipsychotics and antidepressants.

Whatever your views on the use of psychiatric medications, both sides of the debate are a worthwhile read.