An excellent and most welcome piece in Washington Post Dec 9 by Psychiatrist Dr Sandra Steingard reflecting on her own struggle, wanting to do the best for patients who struggle but also her own struggle with knowing what best to do.
She tells the story of the introduction of powerful tranquilizers that became rebranded “anti-psychotics”, bombarded by powerful messaging about powerful drugs that can have powerful beneficial effects but also create powerful long term problems bigger than the ones they treat – for many people who take the drugs the consequences are deadly serious.
Then along came new generations of drugs sold as more effective, without ill effects turning out to be just as problematic, oversold and perhaps under tested in the heat of one of the biggest marketing wars ion history.
Eventually, her own dissatisfaction and inquiry took her beyond the messaging and advertising and acceptable community of practice…
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