The Official Blog of The Brian Lehrer Show
July 21, 2005
Decades ago, psychiatrist Thomas Szasz (that's "SAHZ", it's Hungarian) proposed the crazy idea that the concept of mental illness is bunk. Unlike, say, cancer, it's difficult to definitively diagnose or prove a mental problem. What's more, the idea of mental illness has been used in the past to stigmatize and punish individuals whose behavior is frowned upon, like homosexuals.
But is America ready to dump the insanity plea?
And what would happen if everyone just went off Prozac and Zoloft?
Could Tom Cruise really be right? (Szasz did work with the Scientologists' Citizens' Commission on Human Rights).
Tune in tomorrow to hear Jeffrey Schaler, a Szasz disciple and the proprietor of the szaszblog.
In the meantime, send us your questions, suggestions, rants, and raves!
Posted by leboheme at 04:51 PM