The Mass-Marketing of Mental Illness

  • Patrick D. Hahn


This chapter describes crisis in identity that psychiatry underwent in the late 1970s with the transition from the asylum era to that of mass-marketing of mental illness. This era was exemplified by psychiatrist Harold S. Koplewicz, author of It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children, a leading proponent of bio-genetic explanations for mental illness, as well as one of the twenty-one notional authors of GlaxoSmithKline’s infamous Study 329 of Paxil. This chapter features my interview with Vickie, who at the age of ten was prescribed Paxil for “social anxiety disorder” (by a doctor who said her condition was probably hereditary), and who suffered devastating, life-long consequences.

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  • Patrick D. Hahn
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  1. 1.BiologyLoyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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