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Comfortably numb : how psychiatry is medicating a nation

Author: Charles Barber
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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Public perceptions of mental health issues have changed dramatically over the last fifteen years, and nowhere more than in the rampant overmedication of ordinary Americans. In 2006, 227 million antidepressant prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, more than any other class of medication; that year, the United States accounted for 66% of the global market. Here, psychiatrist Barber provides a context for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Barber
ISBN: 9780307274953 0307274950
OCLC Number: 232980444
Description: xix, 280 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Foreword : "So hip, so quickly" --
pt. 1. Neurons, incorporated --
1. Who medicated Iowa? --
2. The commerce of mood --
3. The triumph of biological psychiatry --
4. American misery --
pt. 2. A series of alternative approaches --
5. Cogito, ergo sum --
6. The human factor --
7. The sea snail syndrome --
Postscript : Emotional rescue --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Charles Barber.

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Public perceptions of mental health issues have changed dramatically over the last fifteen years, and nowhere more than in the rampant overmedication of ordinary Americans. In 2006, 227 million antidepressant prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, more than any other class of medication; that year, the United States accounted for 66% of the global market. Here, psychiatrist Barber provides a context for this disturbing phenomenon. He explores the ways in which pharmaceutical companies first create the need for a drug and then rush to fill it, and he reveals the increasing pressure Americans are under to medicate themselves. Most importantly, he argues that without an industry to promote them, non-pharmaceutical approaches that could have the potential to help millions are tragically overlooked by a nation that sees drugs as an instant cure for all emotional difficulties.--

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