ERIC Number: EJ837739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Forces Pushing Prescription Psychotropic Drugs in College Mental Health
Whitaker, Leighton C.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v21 n3-4 p1-25 Sep 2007
A complex of forceful influences is greatly accelerating the use of what are usually referred to as "psychiatric drugs," although most prescribing is not done by psychiatrists. Many other clinicians, including other kinds of physicians, and recently psychologists, prescribe these medications. The influences contributing to this dramatic surge include the pharmaceutical and managed care industries, the more exclusively biologically-oriented "new psychiatry," lack of governmental supervision and safeguards, and the gullibility of consumers, Americans especially, in accepting misleading and unproven claims. The nation's future college and university students are increasingly medicated instead of nurtured and disciplined in more traditional ways. Yet, a strong counterbalancing force can be effective; institutions of higher education represent the kinds of critical thinking that could improve a rapidly deteriorating picture of medication misuse.
Descriptors: Psychologists, Physicians, Psychiatry, College Students, Drug Therapy, Mental Health, Health Services, Biology, College Role, Industry, Drug Abuse, Clinical Diagnosis, Cultural Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States