As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in New York City, I see a lot of anxiety. A lot. And I’m disheartened to see so many of my patients on loads of psychiatric medications that are not necessarily helping and may even be causing harm. Meanwhile, these highly medicated folks are still suffering from anxiety!
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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.
Gwen Olsen was a very successful pharmaceutical sales rep., but now her mission is to stop the over-medication of our children. She is the author of Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher and travels around the United States speaking to groups. Thank you Gwen for exposing the practices of the Pharmaceutical Industry!!
As a psychiatrist, I am clearly familiar with the psychodynamic issues underlying eating disorders, and I see psychotherapy as a vital part of treatment. At the same time, I would like to share my experience with observing and treating some of the biochemical underpinnings, hastening recovery and helping to maintain it as well.