From the list on involuntary commitment and psychiatric treatment.
Who am I?
My father, a college professor, sought mental health help during a difficult period—and got forcibly electroshocked. I later started doing journalism, investigating community issues such as poverty, government and business, racial conflicts, policing, and protests—wherever I looked, I’d find sources who’d been subjected to psychiatric detentions. I started to see that a far greater diversity of people were being affected than we normally realize or talk about. Over the ensuing years, I interviewed hundreds of people about their experiences of forced psychiatric interventions, and became determined to shine a brighter public light on mental health law powers. My articles have been nominated for seventeen magazine and journalism awards.
Rob's book list on involuntary commitment and psychiatric treatment
Why did Rob love this book?
“That book changed my life”--when interviewing current and former psychiatric patients (and some critical psychiatrists), no book has so often been described to me in this way.
Anatomy of an Epidemic isn’t about forced treatment per se—it’s about the medications used to forcibly treat people today. An award-winning science journalist (and founder of the web magazine Mad in America for which I sometimes write), Whitaker critically examined every existing study of the long-term impacts of common psychiatric medications from antidepressants and ADHD stimulants to lithium and antipsychotics.
He found that, over time, nearly all psychotropics are associated with serious harms to physical health, quality of life, and cognitive capacity. In the precedent Third Circuit case that first established limited rights for people to decline psychotropics, the court found that “even acutely disturbed patients might have good reason to refuse these drugs.”
Whitaker’s research shows, with alternately disturbing, gruesome, and tragic…