Tag Archives: Robert Whitaker

Why I Don’t Trust Too Much Unexpected Happiness
Mental Health

Why I Don’t Trust Too Much Unexpected Happiness

It was hard for me to learn the difference between happiness and damaging mania. It’s something everyone who struggles with mania must learn. Here are some tests that usually work. Still, 30 years after my last attack of full-blown mania, I still don’t completely trust unexpected flattery and good news, and took precautions against mania first, when I was recognized by one of my heroes..

David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage
Mental Health

David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage

When facts and experience contradict an ideology, rational people question their ideology. Ideologues deny the facts and cling to their ideology. David Hilton’s life and death fit no neat ideology.

Medical Psychiatry Faces its Toughest Indictment in its 55 Years
Mental Health

Medical Psychiatry Faces its Toughest Indictment in its 55 Years

An award-winning book, “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker, says long-term use of psychiatric drugs does more harm than good for most people, especially children and teenagers, though they helps many people in the short-term.

Outfielder Jim Piersall’s Public Struggle with Mental Illness
Mental Health

Outfielder Jim Piersall’s Public Struggle with Mental Illness

Jim Piersall, a successful center fielder (1950-67), struggled publicly with mental health problems as a player, was hospitalized twice, treated with lithium, then recovered aneopd became a baseball “lifer.”

By Corinna West: Permanent Solutions to My Temporary Problems
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By Corinna West: Permanent Solutions to My Temporary Problems

CorinnaWest calls her first experiences in the mental health system, her diagnosis, medications, and hopeless outlook for the future “permanent solutions to temporary problems.” Nobody talked to her about what was going on in her life, she says, or said a word about getting well..