Mad in America: A Conversation on Diagnosis, Drugs and Development with Lois Holzman and Robert Whitaker
Friday, June 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan St., Rm 216
(betw. W 3 St. & Washington Sq South)
Registration: $35; Student/Retired: $25 (At the door: $40; $30)
So many things divide Americans today. But one thing we agree on is that we’re mad in America – mad as in crazy and mad as in angry.
We’re angry mad at our country, our politicians, each other, and ourselves. We’re labeled “mad” by a mental health system that has diagnosed 42 million (1 out of 5) with an emotional disease. We’re alarmed and scared by the epidemic of legal and illegal drugs that are destroying millions of lives. We’re anxious, depressed, despairing and furious at the shrinking of possibilities there seem to be for creating the lives we want. And being branded and divided by partisan and ideological labels fuels more rage and fear.
Join two long-time activists and scholars who challenge how we see madness for a wide-ranging conversation on the madness of contemporary society, efforts to engage and transform it, and what more we might do. Journalist Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, and developmentalist Lois Holzman, director of the East Side Institute and author of The Overweight Brain and The End of Knowing, will share the role that psychology and psychiatry play in our madness by medicalizing human emotionality, and offer ways to cultivate different ways to see, be and become.
If you or someone you care about is mad in America, you need be part of this conversation.