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Antidepressants

The Future of Happiness -- Up or Down?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

This model of a kind of happiness that no one can take away from you remains as radical today as it was centuries ago, perhaps more so given the hold that materialism has over us. But appearances are deceiving, I think.

STUDY: Antidepressants Taken During Pregnancy Don't Cause Autism

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

BY GENE EMERY NEW YORK Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:15pm EST (Reuters Health) - Women who take a common type of antidepressant during pregnancy are not ...

The New Psychiatry: Forget Everything You Think You Know About Mental Health

Kelly Brogan, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Brogan, M.D.

Most patients who come to me for treatment of depression and anxiety do so because they want answers.  They want to know WHY they are struggling. The closest they will be offered by their prescribing psychiatrist or primary care doc is some reductionist hand waving about serotonin imbalances. 

No Quick Fix to Fighting Depression Comes Without Long-Term Side Effects

Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D.

Many of the symptoms that patients complain about are the side effects caused by the drug that they were incorrectly prescribed in the first place. I want to stress the need that patients must ask questions and be educated.

Treatment-Resistant Depression, Part One

David Blistein | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

Our individuality is our blessing and our -- well, curse is too strong a word, but it can be pretty challenging. And I know full well the overwhelming feelings of desperation and helplessness when you think you've tried everything.

New Research Reveals When Antidepressant Use Spikes

Posted 08.15.2013 | Divorce

According to a new study out of Finland, antidepressant use spikes right before divorce. Researchers looked at data from 304,111 Finnish people be...

Depressed? Treatment Not Working? Be Careful What You Do Next

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

If you are taking an anti-depressant but are still depressed, the ad says, ask your doctor about adding Abilify (originally approved as an anti-psychotic medication). This is, at best, misleading medical advice.

How One CEO Found Success in a Depressed Economy

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 10.05.2013 | Small Business
Elizabeth Denham

By knowing his market, working within his means, being willing to adapt to changing forces in the marketplace, and developing new products himself, Robinson, steadily formulated his plan for success.

Medications and Mental Health - Fifty Shades of Gray

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Kathy Morelli Medications and mental health: an issue with fifty shades of gray. As a therapist, I deal with people's thoughts and feelings about ...

Marijuana Blamed for Dzhokhar's Alleged Boston Bombings

Russ Belville | Posted 06.20.2013 | Crime
Russ Belville

Let's see, there are 26.1 million annual tokers, 17 million monthly tokers, and 2 million daily tokers in America. Two of them are alleged terrorists. That's literally, at best, a one-in-a-million risk.

Things You Want To Know About Psychiatric Medications But Didn't Know Who (Or How) To Ask

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I asked more than a dozen expert psychiatric colleagues, and myself, the questions they most frequently receive about psychiatric medications from people who take them or their families. Here are a dozen of those many questions; the responses are mine.

Silence of the Poets: Writers and Antidepressants

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

It's an exercise in futility to try to hypothesize what effect antidepressants would have had on long-gone writers like Poe and Baudelaire. Whether you function or not is a more pertinent question than whether or not antidepressants or substance abuse "silences the soul."

Is it Drugs Not Guns that Cause Violence?

Hyla Cass, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Hyla Cass, M.D.

Many legal cases, with closed books due to settlement, document cases of suicides and homicides in individuals who had not been violent prior to taking medication, and often they were newly prescribed or on an increased dose.

Depression Is Still a Mystery -- We Need a New Model

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The magazine ScienceNews begins a recent article on depression with a blanket judgment: "A massive effort to uncover genes involved in depression has largely failed." A general reader would probably not feel the shock waves that spread from this assessment.

It's Time to End Trial and Error Prescriptions for Mental Illnesses

George Carpenter | Posted 02.18.2013 | Technology
George Carpenter

In recent years, U.S. physicians and entrepreneurs have seen some success with the development of a powerful set of personalized medicine tools to help give physicians some of the objective information they need.

Depression: Medicate, Meditate or Both?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Working with mindfulness and meditation in this way is only one approach that is showing encouraging results in studies for preventing relapse in patients with depression. However, there may be other ways that are supportive to you.

Jury Awards $1.5 Million in Suicide Malpractice Suit

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A Syracuse, N.Y. jury has awarded a $1.5 million medical malpractice verdict to the family of a man who committed suicide. I was the medical expert for the family.

How My Soul Mate Became A Ladies' Man (And Why I Loved It)

Marie Marley | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

At lunch with my best friend, Marsha, one day, I poured out my soul about the problems I was having with Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years. He had Alzheimer's and was living in a top-notch long-term care facility which specialized in the care of people with dementia.

I Breastfed the Wrong Baby

Donna Highfill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I looked at the child I thought was Jacob. In a matter of hours he had gone from a baby with thin red hair to a baby with thick, long black hair. His seven pounds had morphed into at least ten. My Scot-Irish son had turned into an Italian. Wow, I thought, They change so fast!

Do You Have to Stay on Psychiatric Drugs Forever? No, Says Leading Psychiatrist in New Book

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 12.06.2012 | Books
Martha Rosenberg

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., has been called "the conscience of psychiatry" for his efforts to reform the mental health field.

Choosing Between Good Mood and Bad Weight

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

People who become obese in association with their antidepressant or bipolar disorder treatment are not like others who struggle with eating issues all their adult life. Many of them had been thin before drug treatment; they had healthy habits.

Study Finds Many Older People Are Being Prescribed The Wrong Drugs

Posted 08.23.2012 | Fifty

One in five medications used by people older than 65 are prescribed inappropriately in primary care settings, which can cause adverse reactions, acco...

Me on Drugs

Julie Gray | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

I have been on drugs for about six years, give or take. Prozac and Buspiron. Prozac for depression and Buspiron for its evil twin sister, anxiety. There were others, too. I can't remember how I got started on them -- well, we can surmise I was depressed.

How To Treat Depression, From Dr. Oz (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Emmy Award-winning doctor, television host and author Dr. Oz revealed some surprising facts about treating depression when he met with me on Mondays W...

Psychiatry: Start Listening to Your Patients and Their Families

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

On the face of it, medication compliance makes sense. Patients should take their medications as instructed and families should ensure that they do. But is it that simple?