Robert Whitaker is among the most respected authors in America on the issue of psychotropic drugs. He is the author of a number of books that have won numerous awards: Anatomy of an Epidemic, Mad in America, The Mapmaker’s Wife, and On the Laps of Gods. Whitaker’s articles on the mentally ill and the pharmaceutical industry have garnered several national awards, including a George Polk Award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writers Award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for the Boston Globe on the abuse of mental patients in research settings was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. He is also the founder of Mad in America, an organization that provides articles, webinars and other very helpful resources about the issue of psychiatric medications.
On April 23, 2019: Bob Whitaker gave a presentation for SftPublic and Belmont Public Library Psychiatric Drugs: Why They Often Fail Us Over Long Term . In this talk, he described the increasing concern about the long-range negative impact of these medications for many people –including serious psychological problems– and the persistent marketing and prescribing of these medications despite the very low cure rate.