Addicted To Happiness and Other Factors that Have Fueled the Anti-Psychotic Drug Controversy

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Antipsychotic Drug Misuse Lands Johnson & Johnson on the Wrong End of Federal Suit (PI Window on Business Blog – Mar 25, 2010)

Antipsychotic Prescriptions . . . for Children: Is the Medicaid Story Today’s Version of Go Ask Alice? (PI Window on Business Blog – Dec 13, 2009)

While the questions are too numerous and diverse to ask (although I will try), my research for this Panel Discussion regarding the controversy surrounding anti-psychotic drugs with Jeff Knott and Eric Wilson, leads to a serious question; At what stage does taking a productive personal inventory cross over into self-obsession or self-absorption with the intent of explaining away bad behavior through a “condition” versus taking personal ownership for one’s actions?

Another question . . . have unrealistic expectations (re we have to be happy all of the time) created “conditions” that have led to the over prescribing of anti-psychotic or anti-depression drugs and, does the pharmaceutical industry recognize this trend?

While assigning blame or responsibility is a favorite pastime whenever a controversial issue crosses our collective radar, it would seem likely that this growing “problem” is in reality the convergence of the perfect storm of abdicating personal responsibility, corporate greed and a health care system that is quite simply broken.

In this 60-minute segment I welcome author and health care expert Jeff Knott, who’s book “Navigating The Healthcare Maze” has become the definitive manual or guide to making the transition from spectator to active participant in you and/or your family’s treatment options.

Jeff Knott, Navigating the Healthcare Maze

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Jeff Knott was a guest on our March 26th Segment “Navigating the Healthcare Maze with Expert and Author Jeff Knott

Jeff’s Book:

The primary purpose of this book is to empower readers and encourage them to become proactive consumer-patients. This book isn’t an attempt to be politically correct, but is dedicated to providing tools that readers can put to use when they encounter challenges when making their best efforts to navigate their way into, through and out of the maze that has become our healthcare system. Americans are concerned more about healthcare than the mortgage crisis, credit card debt, rising food prices, or losing money in the stock market. Now is the time to get educated, find out what the future might hold, and get active in the decision-making that surrounds your healthcare. With physicians making misdiagnoses between fifteen and twenty percent of the time, the examination room treadmill speeding up, and emergency rooms stressed out and overcrowded, here is a wakeup call that encourages the adoption of a more responsible, proactive, energetic, and consumer oriented attitude when it comes to personal and family health – before it is too late.

Also joining us for a second time on the PI Window on Business is author and professor at Wake Forrest Eric Wilson.  Eric’s book “Against Happiness: Are We Trying Too hard to Be Happy” has stimulated discussion and its own energetic debate around what he refers to as “America’s addiction to superficial happiness.”

Eric Wilson

Professor Eric Wilson

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Eric Wilson was a guest on our November 24th, 2009 show “Against Happiness: Are We Trying Too Hard to Be Happy?

Latest Book:

Eric Wilson Book Cover

Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy

This slender, powerful salvo offers a sure-to-be controversial alternative to the recent cottage industry of high-brow happiness books. Wilson, chair of Wake Forest University’s English Department, claims that Americans today are too interested in being happy. (He points to the widespread use of antidepressants as exhibit A.) It is inauthentic and shallow, charges Wilson, to relentlessly seek happiness in a world full of tragedy. While he does not want to romanticize clinical depression, Wilson argues forcefully that melancholia is a necessary ingredient of any culture that wishes to be innovative or inventive. In particular, we need melancholy if we want to make true, beautiful art. Though others have written on the possible connections between creativity and melancholy, Wilson’s meditations about artists ranging from Melville to John Lennon are stirring. Wilson calls for Americans to recognize and embrace melancholia, and he praises as bold radicals those who already live with the truth of melancholy. Wilson’s somewhat affected writing style is at times distracting: his prose is quirky, and he tends toward alliteration (To be a patriot is to be peppy a person seeking slick comfort in this mysteriously mottled world). Still, beneath the rococo wordsmithing lies provocative cultural analysis.

Given the serious and troubling questions surrounding the marketing, prescribing and utilization of some of the most powerful drugs available, this is another segment that you will definitely want to mark on your calendars.

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