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And as we approach a new year, University Diaries will continue to pursue the links between corporate-sponsored psychiatry research at some of America’s most high-profile universities, and the destructive, expensive pathologizing of the American public. ““[T]he increase in diagnoses [of mental illness in America] is a boon to pharmaceutical manufacturers,” notes a Forbes writer. “The new generation of psychoactives has displaced cholesterol-reducing medications as the biggest-selling class of drugs in the U.S.” It wouldn’t be happening without Harvard’s Joseph Biederman and the rest of the COI university crew.

There’s hope. But only a little bit of hope. The battle has to be fought hard, and we’ll probably lose.

But anger over the money culture behind pharma investment, and at the damage being done to our children by anti-psychotics, will no doubt find greater focus and expression this coming year. UD will of course follow the story.

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6 Responses to ““By DSM criteria, epidemiologists have noted, a staggering 30 percent of Americans are mentally ill in any given year.””

  1. dmf Says:

    as someone losing this fight on the front-lines I much appreciate your efforts, passion, and support, makes things seem a little less desperate.

  2. Clarissa Says:

    I agree with dmf. The work you are doing is very important. It is heartening to see that there are still people who oppose the campaign to medicate us all into oblivion.

  3. francofou Says:

    And the other 70% are making money from it.

  4. aek Says:

    One more place to shine your light: Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School’s Academy. http://mghacademy.org/

    Look what the KOLs are doing in March: http://mghacademy.org/courses/course-detail/child_adolescent_psychopharmacology_2012

    Oh, and they have integrity because they say they do. http://mghacademy.org/index.php/about/program_integrity_safeguards

    Thank you so very much for all you do.

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thank all of you for your kind words. And aek: Also for the links.

    UD

  6. The Last Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion of 2011! « Clarissa's Blog Says:

    […] “““[T]he increase in diagnoses [of mental illness in America] is a boon to pharmaceutical manufac…” Please remember this every time you feel tempted to utter something like, “Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain” or “Mental illness is serious!” Yes, it’s serious. It is also seriously profitable to convince us all we need a few prescriptions on a daily basis. […]

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