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Abetting Madness: The Role of Illicit and Prescribed Drugs in Promoting Psychotic and Manic Disorders

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2004 - Summer


by Malcolm B. Bowers Jr., M.D., HS’65, professor emeritus of psychiatry (Xlibris Corporation) The author argues that vulnerability to major psychoses is related to genetic factors that may be set in motion by the use of prescribed stimulants and antidepressants as well as illegal drugs, including cannabis, cocaine and LSD. Bowers suggests an approach to the prevention of some psychotic disorders based on this hypothesis.