Before working on this discussion, please read the article by Shulz (2004),
watch the Generation RX: Resisting the Culture of Overmedication video, and
review the information in the textbook regarding psychotropic medication as
well as any relevant Instructor Guidance.
For this discussion, you will enter into another conversation on an ongoing
controversy and contemporary issue regarding abnormal psychology. Specifically,
what is the role of &ldquobig pharma&rdquo (i.e., major pharmaceutical
companies that determine the ways in which health care issues are researched
and publicized) in the diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology?
It is absolutely essential to read the article by Shulz (2004) and watch the
Generation RX video because they provide insights into how issues regarding
psychotropic medication are depicted in popular media. Be sure to read your
instructor&rsquos initial post before responding.
As you enter into this conversation, carefully consider the historical
information you reviewed regarding big pharma&rsquos impact and influence
within abnormal psychology. Take a moment to relate this historical background
to the current ethical, clinical, and social implications when considering the
use of psychotropic medication for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Interpret specific symptoms and syndromes from big pharma&rsquos
advertising campaigns and critically evaluate and comment upon the necessity of
these medications for the indicated psychiatric disorders.
Generation Rx: Resisting the Culture of Overmedication