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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Anatomy of an Epidemic investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of adults and children disabled by mental illness skyrocketed over the past fifty years? There are now more than four million people in the United States who receive a government disability check because of a mental illness, and the number continues to soar. Every day, 850 adults and 250 children with a mental illness are added to the government disability rolls. What is going on?

Part One: The Epidemic

Chapter 1. A Modern Plague

Chapter 2. Anecdotal Thoughts

Part Two: The Science of Psychiatric Drugs

Chapter 3. The Roots of an Epidemic

Chapter 4. Psychiatry’s Magic Bullets

Chapter 5. The Hunt for Chemical Imbalances

Part Three: Outcomes

Chapter 6. A Paradox Revealed

Chapter 7. The Benzo Trap

Chapter 8. An Episodic Illness Turns Chronic

Chapter 9. The Bipolar Boom

Chapter 10. An Epidemic Explained

Chapter 11. The Epidemic Spreads to Children

Chapter 12. Suffer the Children

Part Four: Explication of a Delusion

Chapter 13. The Rise of an Ideology

Chapter 14. The Story That Was … and Wasn’t Told

Chapter 15. Tallying Up the Profits

Part Five: Solutions

Chapter 16. Blueprints for Reform

Epilogue

Notes