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Article : Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

le 29 septembre 2015

[Huffington Post] The authors repeat the oft-told story of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) claiming it knows the cause of mental illness, creating a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) that sometimes defines essentially normal people as being ill, medicines not working for those normal people and wraps it in a narrative that claims the APA does this to create jobs for members and because it is under the influence of pharmaceutical company money. 

The practice of pharmaceutical companies paying psychiatrists for bad research and then leveraging it in marketing campaigns designed to get normal people to buy their medications is an important story that the authors do try to tell. But because they include any snippet of a fact to support their case, exclude so many other interpretations and facts, and largely ignore serious mental illness, Psychiatry Under the Influence misses its mark.

Source Huff Post