There are numerous efforts made to identify the factors behind this increment. Likewise, the book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America is also a significant attempt to uncover the leading factors that contribute towards the massive rise in the number of mentally ill people in United States over the last few decades.
The book is penned by an American award winning journalist, historian and author of science and medical subjects Robert Whitaker in 2010. The book focuses upon the recurrent and controversial issue of psychiatric medication and put forwards the author’s stance regarding the usage of psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental illness. The author takes the criticizing side and argues that the psychiatrics treat the mental disorders using drugs that have little positive impact upon the psychological well being of the people but in long run the patients have to encounter the side effects of these drugs in form of different diseases and health problems. Whitaker believes that psychiatric medication is the leading cause of increase in the mental illness among the American population over the last three decades and it is imperative to follow care model to prevent the long run harmful outcomes of the psychiatric drugs. Whitaker writes “If you expand the boundaries of mental illness, which is clearly what has happened in this country during the past twenty-five years, and you treat the people so diagnosed with psychiatric medications, do you run the risk of turning an anger-ridden teenager into a lifelong mental patient? (p. 30)"
This starling book contains extensive information about the psychiatry history in the United States. The author of the book has spent years in the field and could be regarded a competent person to write on this subject matter. He goes deep inside the history of psychiatry in United States