SPEARHEADING SOCIAL REFORM
The chemical treatments which supposedly address psychiatrys multitude of mythical mental illnesses have spawned a worldwide, multibillion-dollar drug industry which has been growing steadily since the early 1960s. By the late 1970s, more than 82 million prescriptions for tranquilizers, 24 million prescriptions for sedatives/hypnotics and 16 million for antidepressants had been filled in the United States. Today one in every two adults in the United States has taken some form of psychotropic drug.
And today, psychiatrists are the pushers for the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry.
Even the very young have become targets of this onslaught. More than four million children, whose only problem is that they are more active than their peers, are regularly being given powerful psychotropic drugs designed to dope them into submission. The natural energy and exuberance of childhood has been redefined as mental illness and millions are diagnosed as suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
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