Mental Health & Mental Health Drugs

Over the past 5 years a series of ground-breaking books have been published on the rise of mental illness and depression in the western world. These books all have something in common. They shine a light on the mental health industry and its links to the pharmaceutical industry, as well as describing the expansion of the list of mental health disorders and syndromes, the increasing medicalisation of normal life, and the sky-rocketing use of antidepressants, none of which work as claimed by the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the drugs and the doctors who write the prescriptions for them. The books listed below paint a depressing picture of the forces at work behind this vast deceit.

Recommended Reading

Peter Gotzsche “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare.” 2013

Allen Frances “Saving Normal.” 2013

Gary Greenberg “The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.” 2013

James Davies “Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good.” 2013

Ben Goldacre “Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients.” 2012.

John Virapen “Side Effects: Death – Confessions of a Pharma-Insider.” 2010

Gary Greenberg “Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease.” 2010

Robert Whitaker “Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.” 2010

Joanna Moncrieff “The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment.” 2009.