Psychiatry Under the Influence:
Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform
Abstract: In a democratic society, we expect that institutions that serve a public interest will adhere to ethical and legal standards. However, "economies of influence" may corrupt an institution and lead it astray, which has proven to be the case with American psychiatry during the past 35 years. Under the influence of pharmaceutical money and guild interests, the American Psychiatric Association has told to the American public a narrative that promoted those economic interests and yet was belied by its own science. As a result of this institutional corruption, American society has organized itself around a "false narrative," which has caused great social injury. Any prescription for reform will require finding ways to neutralize those corrupting influences.
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Link to brief presenter bio: Robert Whitaker