At Furious Seasons, Phillip Dawdy talked about the stabbing of a psychologist in NYC, going by the assumption that the murderer was a patient. That let loose a furore of protests/angry comments/anti-psychiatry posts. He followed with a post about the disturbing comments, generating more comments in turn.
Both the posts and the comments are variously informed, angry, mocking, bizarre, and quite a few are insightful. Recommended if you have an open mind and hard stomach (quite a few readers were angry/disappointed enough to stop following Dawdy, it seems.)
Judith Warner wrote an article on Overselling Overmedication. Phillip Dawdy posted a rather vitriolic post in response. She referred to Peter Kramer's review of Charles Barber's Comfortably Numb- How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation. He returned to Barber's essay in Washington Post.
Interestingly, all these articles seem to make valid points. I find myself agreeing to parts of all, all of none.
– Medications help those who are sick.
– There are those who are not sick/do not need medications for their brand of sickness, but get medicated anyway.
– Medications have side effects.
– There is much more to recovery than just pills.
– Doctors and patients need to be more judicious in prescribing and taking of pills, respectively.
– America's mental health care system is all effed up.
Go read if thats what you want to do on a Saturday morning.