It has been shocking that Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, who is the Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University, referred in public to human rights activist journalist Robert Whitaker as a menace to society. Mad in America reported on April 26, 2015, Lieberman has called Whitaker a menace to our society. This comment about one of the leading medicine and science journalists in the world was made on Canada’s popular national CBC radio program The Sunday Edition.
As we consistently see with psychiatrists society has been turned upside down by their lack of a scientific foundation for their positions. Far too often what is bad is made to appear good and what is unhealthy is made to appear healthy by the psychiatrists. Whitaker, who is the publisher of Mad in America, has written that long-term outcomes for people who take psychiatric drugs are on average worse than for people who never received any treatment at all. Whittaker takes the position that without any actual scientific basis for his position Lieberman claims what Whitaker says is preposterous.
Lieberman went on to say that Whittaker is a menace to society who is basically fomenting misinformation and misunderstanding about what mental illness is and the nature of treatment. Without what Whittaker sees as any credible scientific basis for his comment Lieberman than compared taking antidepressants to taking insulin for diabetes.
In view of the increasing reports of catastrophic side effects from antidepressants and the other psychiatric drugs coupled with the totally subjective unscientific nature of psychiatric diagnoses to begin with it is clear that from the perspective of Whittaker it is Lieberman who is basically sharing misinformation and serious misunderstandings about what mental illness is and the nature of safe and effective treatment.
Lieberman went on to say Whitaker ostensibly considers himself to have been a journalist and said that God should help the publication which employed him. This is not a very nice comment in view of the fact that Whitaker has won several awards as a journalist covering medicine and science, including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article. Furthermore, his book Anatomy of an Epidemic won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for the best investigative journalism.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights writes that while posing as authorities in dealing with the mind and mental health, psychiatry does not have any scientific basis for any of its treatments or methods. It has also been highlighted by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights that psychotropic drugs are increasingly being exposed as chemical toxins which have the power to kill. In fact studies have shown psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide.
It is also pointed out by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights that psychiatrists consistently ignore that long-term use of these drugs has been proven to create a lifetime of physical and mental damage. Well documented side effects of psychiatric drugs include psychosis, mania,
hallucinations, depersonalization, suicidal ideation, heart attack, stroke and even sudden death. Lieberman should take the time to carefully consider these points.