Why You Don’t Have A Brain Chemical Imbalance

Robert Whitaker is a medical journalist who used to write articles about the brain chemical imbalance theory, believing it to be true. When the World Health Organisation claimed that living in a developed country was a strong predictor of a poor outcome for those diagnosed with schizophrenia he wanted to know why. Why, if you’re diagnosed with schizophrenia, are you better off coming from Nigeria or India? Perhaps it is because people are more compliant in developing countries and take their medication…

Robert Whitaker also noticed a run away increase in people with mental health problems living on disability. With a similarly massive increase in people prescribed antipsychotics and antidepressants, shouldn’t the disability figures be falling accordingly, to reflect these new ‘magic bullet’ drugs that were now on the market?

Searching for answers, Robert dug deep into the archives of psychiatric research. He discovered that there wasn’t a single study that proved the brain chemical imbalance theory. It turned out to be a story invented by marketing departments of pharmaceutical companies. This is a bitter pill to swallow. He went to on write two books on the subject: Mad In America and Anatomy Of An Epidemic.
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Or start here with Part One: The Roots of the Epidemic:

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