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It's been a couple of years, so you decide to see your primary-care physician for a physical. You feel fine, but it's the responsible thing to do. You get your blood pressure measured and your blood drawn. Within a few days you'll get the lab report that will give you the readout on the amount of cholesterol and sugar in your blood. (This drill is so routine that you and your doctor don't even discuss the implications of a possible bad test result.) If you've entered your middle years, he'll probably ask if you want the lab to test your blood for PSA, a screening test that can tell you if you're at an elevated risk for prostate cancer.
We stand at a crossroads in medicine today. Having practiced developmental pediatrics for the past 25 years, I have become increasingly frustrated by an alarming trend and find myself asking why we are drugging our children for the way they behave? Several recent reports have highlighted this phenomenon and they are worth mentioning here.
Dr L: The market for Psychiatric Drugs has boomed in the last 30 years and generated a great deal of wealth for many. However this lucrative enterprise has depended on the telling of a false story to the American Public. Can you explain? Robert Whitaker: After the APA published the third edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1980, the psychiatric profession began regularly telling of how great advances were being made in understanding the biological causes of mental disorders. Soon we began to hear that they were known to be due to chemical imbalances in the brain, and that psychiatric medications—like Prozac and other SSRIs—corrected those imbalances, and thus were like “insulin for diabetes.” But if you look into the research, you find that in fact the researchers failed to find that simple chemical imbalances were the cause of mental disorders.