"There is an understanding, within psychiatric research circles, that the DSM diagnoses haven't, in fact, been validated. And, at the very least, there is a recognition that psychiatry's drug treatments are inadequate. In 2009, Insel wrote an article stating: "For too many people, antipsychotics and antidepressants are not effective, and even when they are helpful, they reduce symptoms without eliciting recovery." And I do think that my book Anatomy of an Epidemic has contributed to an awareness of the limitations of the drugs, and at least a discussion, in some psychiatric circles, that the drugs may be worsening long-term outcomes.
But in terms of accomplishing my mission, well, I guess my "mission" would be to see that our society would actually build a system of care that was truly science-based, particularly in its use of psychiatric drugs. I think this is such an important story for our society and one of extraordinary moral importance when it comes to medicating children and adolescents, none of whom could be said to have really "consented" to such treatment. I turned madinamerica.com
into a webzine with the hope that by providing a forum for a community of writers interested in "rethinking psychiatry" and combining their voices with reports of research that provide a foundation for such rethinking, it could become a real force for change. We'll see if that happens, but our readership is steadily increasing. "