The New York Times’ Defense of Antidepressants | Psychology Today

Posted on July 11, 2011


Very often there is nothing to be added in the way of commentary to an article.

This is one of those times.

Scientific Journalist, Robert Whitaker continues to question those who defend and don’t question the reality of the risks associated with the use and dependence on these drugs or the evidence that questions the dated biomedical model and paradigm of human distress as a disease.

An excerpt from this piece:

Today, the New York Times published an op-ed essay by Peter Kramer titled “In Defense of Antidepressants” on the front page of its Sunday Review section.

In Anatomy of an Epidemic, I wrote about the need for our society to have an honest discussion about the merits of psychiatric medications, and in his essay, Dr. Kramer suggests that he took up his pen in response to recent “debunkings” of the drugs. In particular, he noted the “especially high-profile debunking” that occurred last month in the New York Review of Books when “Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, favorably entertained the premise that ‘psychoactive drugs are useless.’ ” My book Anatomy of an Epidemic was one of three reviewed by Dr. Angell, and as I wrote in Anatomy, I think what our society desperately needs is an honest discussion about what science is telling us about the merits of psychiatric medications. As such, it seems worthwhile to look at Dr. Kramer’s essay in that light.

Here is the question that we need to ask ourselves: Does the essay further public understanding of what science is telling us about the merits of antidepressants? Or does it rely on a misrepresentation of the science in order to protect the image of the drugs?

You can read this article and link to the New York Times article in question here: The New York Times’ Defense of Antidepressants | Psychology Today.

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