A huge percentage of the world is dealing with some type of mental or psychological issue or disorder which they have turned to a prescription to help with the symptoms. Key word there: symptoms. Drugs used to help with a psychiatric problem started with a good intention, and then the dollar signs started taking over the importance of when and why doctors prescribe. Robert Whitaker has been pulling the curtain down on Big Pharma for quite some time now with his books, “Anatomy of an Epidemic,” “Mad in America,” and the book we talk about today, “Psychiatry Under the Influence.” He talks about why psychiatric treatment has taken off in the direction it has and some advice on where to draw the line.
Dr. Mike McFarland continues his talk from last time on how to identify a binge-eating disorder and also how to treat them. Dr. Mike’s work mainly focuses on the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, and male body image & eating disorders. He talks about the differences in binge-eating and other eating disorders and also the psychological components that can lead someone into a binge-eating disorder.