“Asheville psychiatrist Daniel Johnson didn’t set out to transform his profession,” says an article in North Carolina’s Mountain Xpress, “But he’s now part of a growing movement, both locally and nationally, that’s challenging the most fundamental assumptions about mental illness.” Since starting his practice in 2010, Johnson has come to believe that “unfortunately, and sadly, more often than not, medications do more harm than good … I had a lot of soul searching and reckoning to do on a personal level.”
Bob mentioned in the sidebar!
“Two of those books proved particularly influential for Johnson. Both Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness by journalist Robert Whitaker and The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by psychologist Irving Kirsch reject the theory that chemical imbalances in the brain cause mental illness, challenging the usefulness of the drugs routinely prescribed to treat such problems.”
May the “soul searching” begin.
May the harm end.
And may the *healing* start.
A psychiatrist who is willing to walk the walk! I’ve worked around doctors for almost twenty years and have heard only one doctor apologize for anything so it’s pretty phenomenal that this man went and apologized to the people he treated with the toxic drugs.