Have Antidepressants Made Kids Emotionally Illiterate?


An article in the Wall Street Journal today explores the phenomenon of children growing up on antidepressants.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. A horrible article. The guy who wrote it is sitting on the fence, having a bet each way, and believes there are people with ‘chemical imbalances’ or legitimate biomedical mental disorders or whatever he says I couldn’t be bothered finding the exact quote. If his article is this lame, I doubt his book will be any good. A book about ‘growing up in the era of psych drugs’, from a guy who believes in brain disease causing human problems? no thanks.

    A very middling effort but what do you expect in the mainstream media? miracles?

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