The Sedated Society

The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic

Editors: Davies, James (Ed.)

  • Sheds new light on the debate on the prescribing epidemic
  • Brings together an interdisciplinary team of global experts in critical psychopharmacology to trace the spread of the prescribing epidemic into non-Western markets
  • Systematically explores the causes and consequences of current prescribing practices in an accessible, direct and interdisciplinary way
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About this book

This edited volume provides an answer to a rising public health concern: what drives the over prescription of psychiatric medication epidemic? Over 15% of the UK public takes a psychiatric medication on any given day, and the numbers are only set to increase. Placing this figure alongside the emerging clinical and scientific data revealing their poor outcomes and the harms these medications often cause, their commercial success cannot be explained by their therapeutic efficacy.Chapters from an interdisciplinary team of global experts in critical psychopharmacology rigorously examine how pharmaceutical sponsorship and marketing, diagnostic inflation, the manipulation and burying of negative clinical trials, lax medication regulation, and neoliberal public health policies have all been implicated in ever-rising psycho-pharmaceutical consumption. This volume will ignite a long-overdue public debate. It will be of interest to professionals in the field of mental health and researchers ranging from sociology of health, to medical anthropology and the political economy of health.

About the authors

James Davies holds a PhD in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford, UK. He is a Reader in social anthropology and mental health at the University of Roehampton, UK, practicing psychotherapist, and author of three books.

Reviews

“The most authoritative and wide-ranging critique yet published of the global trend towards chemical management of psychological and social problems ... . Hard-hitting, scholarly and highly readable.” (Professor David Ingleby, Centre for Social Science and Global Health, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

“The Sedated Society is a provocative critique of the over-prescription psychiatric drugs, their minimal effectiveness, and the dangers they pose.  The authors are eminent experts and their conclusions are important and troubling. It should be required reading for all medical students.” (Prof Irving Kirsch, Associate Director at the Harvard Medical School, USA)

“A brilliant revelation of our drug-hooked world … .With admirable clarity and panache the contributors chart the incredible story of bad science, naivety and greed that has enslaved the lives of millions.” (Paul Flynn MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Davies, James

    Pages 1-22

  • Psychopharmacology Is Not Evidence-Based Medicine

    Gøtzsche, Peter C.

    Pages 23-49

  • Starting Young: Children Cultured into Becoming Psycho-Pharmaceutical Consumers—The Example of Childhood Depression

    Timimi, Sami

    Pages 51-71

  • Opium and the People: The Prescription Psychopharmaceutical Epidemic in Historical Context

    Moncrieff, Joanna

    Pages 73-99

  • Desperate for a Fix: My Story of Pharmaceutical Misadventure

    Montagu, Luke

    Pages 101-121

Buy this book

eBook £19.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44911-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £25.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44910-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sedated Society
Book Subtitle
The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic
Editors
  • James Davies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44911-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44911-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-44910-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 318
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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