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You've Put Your Kids on Psychiatric Meds -- Now What?

(4) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 4:06 PM

Two years ago, I wrote a column for The Huffington Post arguing that American society needed to stop bickering about whether or not kids were "overmedicated" and should, instead, listen to the people best positioned to comment on the subject - the generation of young adults now in...

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'Xanax' Nation? My Anti-Anxiety Meds Give Me Enough to Worry About

(10) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 10:44 AM

Journalists love declaring that psychiatric medications symbolize some slice of the zeitgeist. So I can't say I was entirely surprised when I opened my mailbox the other day and saw New York magazine's cover article proclaiming that "If the 90s were the decade of Prozac, all hollow-eyed and depressed, then...

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Panic Attacks And Other Jokes: Agorafabulous! Depicts Mental Illness on Its Own, Goofy Terms

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 4:54 PM

Comedian Sara Benincasa articulates her philosophy of healing right on the book jacket of her new memoir, Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, which details the author's struggles with depression, panic attacks and, yes, agoraphobia. "If you can laugh at the sh**tiest moments in your life," she proclaims, "you can transcend...

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Suicidal? Just Depressed? Be Careful How You Phrase It Online

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 1:07 PM

People with low self-esteem tend to use Facebook "counterproductively," a recent academic study found, overwhelming their online friends with negative information and failing to elicit the sympathy they are ultimately seeking.

The findings naturally provoked a certain amount of eye-rolling. Endless Debbie Downer status updates get to be,...

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A Presidential Candidate Openly Taking Meds? Don't Bet On It

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 10:25 AM

Political mudslinging is rarely in short supply during a presidential primary, but this election cycle's Republican field has included such a collection of characters that people keep grasping for new ways to declare one or another of them to be off his rocker. One method that's been getting a lot...

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Revisions to Psychiatry's 'Bible' Have People Crying Overmedication -- But Don't Freak Out Just Yet

(8) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 4:43 PM

For what might strike a lot of people as inside baseball, the debate over the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is garnering a lot of media attention.

Reports on the controversial revision, due out in 2013 from the American Psychiatric Association, crop...

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Medicating Foster Kids: Not the Travesty It Seems?

(13) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 11:09 AM

Once again, we're hearing that some of the most vulnerable among us -- foster children taken from their homes because of abuse or neglect -- are being treated with "powerful, mind-altering drugs."

The latest news comes from several different sources. Last week, ABC News aired the results of its damning...

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What Is a Psychiatrist, Anyway?

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 5:09 PM

Don't pretend to know everything about how psychiatric medications work, psychiatrist Daniel Carlat urges his colleagues in his new book, Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry - A Doctor's Revelations About a Profession in Crisis. Be open with patients about how much doctors and scientists still don't understand about the biology...

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Generation Rx Grows Up: A Response to Judith Warner

(14) Comments | Posted March 7, 2010 | 2:50 PM

We've Got Issues, Judith Warner's new book about children, parents and psychiatric medication, gets one big thing right in three little words. Americans have definitely got issues when it comes to understanding and dealing with childhood mental illness. As Warner persuasively argues, our default position -- railing against medication as...

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