Crazy Like Us
Ethan Watters is a journalist and speaker who has spent the last two decades writing about psychiatry and social psychology. He is the author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche which charts the spread of Western ideas about mental illness. In the 1990s, he was the first national magazine writer to expose the mistakes of therapists who lead their patients to uncover “recovered memories” of early childhood abuse. That work culminated in a co-authorship (with Richard Ofshe) of Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy and Sexual Hysteria. Also with Ofshe, Watters coauthored Therapy’s Delusions: The Myth of the Unconscious and the Exploitation of Today’s Walking Worried.
January 12, 2013
When people ask me how I began working on my last book, Crazy Like Us, I tell them about meeting Dr. Laurence Kirmayer at McGill University back in 2005. He took time one afternoon to tell me a remarkable story about a personal encounter he had with the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and the remarkable resources that the company employed over the last decade to make their antidepressant pill Paxil a best seller in Japan.
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