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Comfortably numb : how psychiatry is medicating a nation / 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.--From publisher description.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Columbia Gorge Community College Library 616.8918 BARBc 2008 (Text) 33892002425420 Main Collection Book None 09/02/2010 Available -
Hermiston Public Library 616.8918 BAR (Text) 37838000176594 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 05/01/2008 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780375423994
  • ISBN: 0375423990
  • Physical Description: xix, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2008]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-266) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Who medicated Iowa? -- The commerce of mood -- The triumph of biological psychiatry -- American misery -- Cogito, ergo sum -- The human factor -- The sea snail syndrome.
Summary, etc.:
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.--From publisher description.
Subject: Mental illness > Chemotherapy > United States > History.
Psychotropic drugs > Marketing > United States > History.
Psychotropic drugs industry > Moral and ethical aspects > United States.
Biological psychiatry > United States > History.
Psychiatry > United States > History.
Deceptive advertising > United States

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