Lauren Slater

About 20% of Americans take psychotropic drugs. But how do they work? What are the long-term effects? Where did they come from, and how did they become so common? In Blue Dreams, psychologist Lauren Slater delves into these questions and many more, making it a wonderful resource for people who take these drugs and the families who love them. But the book is much more: it’s also a haunting memoir of Slater’s relationship with her own mental illness and her personal experience with psychotropic drugs—for better and for worse.