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Drug companies began influencing psychiatry’s beliefs in 1980 notes Robert Whitaker
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The drug industry became influential in psychiatry starting in 1980 when the American Psychiatric Association, at its annual meeting, started allowing pharmaceutical companies to sponsor symposiums according to author and journalist Robert Whitaker as he noted in a 2010 interview that he did with Joseph Mercola, DO.
They [ pharmaceutical companies ] had always been allowed to put up exhibits on the exhibit floor but now they were actually allowed to sponsor scientific ‘presentations’.
At that point, they began hiring academic physicians, people at major medical schools, to serve as the speakers at those events.
And this is where the wall breaks down between academic psychiatry and the pharmaceutical companies because now the top doctors in the country, the top psychiatrists, are going to start becoming paid to tell a story that pharmaceutical companies basically want told.
And pretty soon they’re serving as advisors, they’re serving as consultants, they’re getting research grants as speakers.
There is a lot of money flowing to “the thought leaders” in psychiatry or the key opinion leaders.
And in essence, they become the salesman for these product lines and they’re very effective salesmen and they have basically created this false story.
And unfortunately they get paid; they can make a lot of money.
I mean, some of the amounts have come out of Senator Grassley’s investigation.
We’re talking about millions of dollars going to the top key opinion leaders within psychiatry.
So that’s how come we got this delusion.
We had these storytelling forces within society come together that wanted to tell a story of drugs that were safe, effective, wonder drugs that fix chemical imbalances.
But, unfortunately, that story was out of sync with the research.
It’s just not a scientific story.
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Robert Whitaker is the author of the wonderful book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America .
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