The Florida Adlerian Society is bringing Robert Whitaker to Tampa in February 2006 to speak to the community on 2/9/06. Mr. Whitaker is a journalist from Cambridge, MA, who wrote Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill . Whitaker brings a different approach to the treatment of the mentally ill in this country as well as exposing some of the exploitation of unhappy people by the pharmaceutical industry. He says many times drugs are over-prescribed to treat mental illness. Users of these prescription drugs become dependent on these drugs, according to Whittaker, and the long term prognosis is not good for emerging from mental illness. The author of Mad in America, Robert Whitaker, has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science. In the past few years, he has won the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article (which appeared in Fortune). In 1998, he co-wrote a series on psychiatric research for the Boston Globe which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Prior to writing Mad in America, he co-founded a publishing company, CenterWatch, that covered the drug-development industry. He also previously worked as director of publications at Harvard Medical School, and was a features/medical writer at the Albany Times Union newspaper, in Albany, N.Y., for a number of years.

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