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Psychiatry: How Low Can We Go?

Posted May 20, 2011 | 09:34:00 (EST)

In a recent New York Times article, "Talk Doesn't Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy," written by Gardiner Harris, the sad truth of what was once a noble profession, psychiatry, now a shambles of its former self, is accurately described. Mr. Harris used his interviews with psychiatrist...

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The Patient Is a Person

Posted March 1, 2011 | 15:30:09 (EST)

With all the headlines being made by Health Care Reform and the subsequent controversies surrounding it, many of the weak points of American Health Care have been exposed. One issue that has received little, if any, scrutiny is the sadly anemic condition of not just the treatment itself, but the...

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"We Really Must Talk"

Posted November 29, 2010 | 19:35:16 (EST)

The often brutal process of a divorce brings a family stress and pain equal to a death of a close family member, affecting everyone, but nobody more deeply, traumatically and irreversibly than the children. Divorce, while sometimes necessary, is rarely the hoped for panacea it's often built up to be,...

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Handicapped Children, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a New Low for California

Posted October 19, 2010 | 18:41:55 (EST)

On Friday, October 8, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the final California State Budget bill passed by the Legislature (SB 870). However, he line item vetoed $962 million of additional cuts from the measure, including all $132.9 million of funding to reimburse counties for their non-reimbursed costs from 2004-05 through 2008-09...

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Psychotropic Drugs, Our Children and Our Pill-Crazed Society

Posted September 8, 2010 | 17:00:00 (EST)

Today, the use of psychoactive drugs by children (6-17) is all too common, relied on far too much and growing at an alarming rate. It all started in the '70s.

Memorialized in 1966 by the Rolling Stones' "Mothers Little Helpers," it was at that time that our society took the...

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The Over-Prescribing of Psychoactive Drugs to Children: A Scourge of Our Times

Posted September 1, 2010 | 08:00:00 (EST)

Today, the administration of psychoactive drugs to children (6-17) is all too common and growing at an alarming rate. These drugs often cause the opposite of the intended effect, often condemning children to a life of misery and ill health. The prescription of these drugs is said to treat "chemical...

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Emotionally Disturbed Inner City Students

Posted August 31, 2010 | 14:02:09 (EST)

The problems facing today's inner city students, particularly those with behavioral and emotional problems, are innumerable and daunting.

Today, there are vastly more single parent families. Fathers, for the most part are totally absent. Child abuse has increased immensely. The proportion of children in the foster care system has increased...

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Adderall: The Most Abused Prescription Drug in America.

Posted June 21, 2010 | 15:48:11 (EST)

Adderall is abused mostly by college students and young adults. Estimates are that somewhere between 20-30 percent of college students regularly abuse Adderall.

Adderall has the dubious distinction of being the latest addition to the rogue's gallery of lawful drugs that have made the transition to the black market. In...

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