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Psychiatric Drugs

Benzos and Other Sleep Medications: Deadly and Unnecessary

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 03.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

In my experience as a psychiatrist, nearly everything we call a psychiatric symptom or problem, including insomnia, is in reality a signal that we have to face a new challenge in life.

Can Strong Prayer Bend The Medical Cost Curve?

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Michael L. Millenson

Appealing to the Almighty offers awe-inspiring economic potential. In the Bible, both Moses and Jesus heal lepers. Think what they could do with diabetes or cancer! Still, the question remains whether prayers by ordinary people can produce an equivalent clinical impact.

Preventive Psychiatry Can Be Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Preventive psychiatry may someday be of significant service in reducing the burden of human suffering -- but only if it can be done really well. And the sad truth is that we don't yet have the necessary tools.

The Psychiatric Drugging of America's Foster Children

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 12.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

There were approximately 662,000 children in foster care in the U.S. in 2010. Now, there is a Government Accounting Office report confirming that foster children in five states are receiving shocking amounts of psychiatric drugs.

New Research: Antidepressants Can Cause Long-Term Depression

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

It has been apparent for many years that chronic exposure to SSRI antidepressants frequently makes people feel apathetic or less engaged in their lives, and ultimately more depressed.

The Diagnosing and Drugging of 'ADHD' Children -- An American Tragedy Worsens

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 10.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The diagnosing of millions of children with ADHD in order to medicate them with stimulants and other psychoactive chemicals is an American tragedy, growing into a worldwide catastrophe.

Judge's Opinion On Prozac-Induced Murder Now Available Online

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 10.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Many tragic acts of suicide and violence could be averted by reducing or stopping the use of anti-depressant drugs, and by greater professional and public awareness of the dangers associated with these drug.

Judge Agrees Prozac Could Have Made Teen a Killer

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The judge declared in his decision, "His basic normalcy now further confirms he no longer poses a risk of violence to anyone and that his mental deterioration and resulting violence would not have taken place without exposure to Prozac."

The Ritalin Wars: Understanding America's Adderall Obsession

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Children with extreme degrees of impulsivity, distractibility and hyperactivity are easy to diagnose with ADHD. However because these behaviors vary (from none to many) in a bell shaped distribution curve, most of ADHD diagnosed in this country is of the mild variety.

Ending The Era of Mass Psychiatry

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

The number of Americans who are diagnosed or diagnosable with a serious mental illness has skyrocketed. What is going on? Why are Americans suffering a mental health epidemic that is unique in the developed world?

Empathic Therapy: An Emerging Field

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Breggin

The 20th Century saw deep divisions and a variety of alternatives spring up within the overall arena of what's loosely called "mental health."

Join the Empathic Transformation

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Breggin

It's part biological and part psychological and spiritual. But there's no doubt about the direction that humankind must go in--toward empathic individual relationships and ultimately a more empathic culture.

Help Me Talk My Way Out Of It

Joy Behar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joy Behar

I would not be in the position I am in both professionally and personally if it were not for my years on the chair and/or the couch. Without therapy, I would have continued to be unsure of my instincts and talents.

DRUG DOCS: Psychiatrists Turn To A New Form Of Therapy | GARDINER HARRIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- Alone with his psychiatrist, the patient confided that his newborn had serious health problems, his distraught wife was screaming a...

The Limits of Neuroscience

Daniel Goldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Goldin

When I set about becoming a writer in my twenties, I felt I needed to understand the nuts and bolts of language. I compiled lists of words and learned...

The Marketing Genius of Erectile Dysfunction

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

We must tip our hats to the creative and strategic geniuses among us who took one of the most embarrassing maladies literally known to man and made it sexy.

Deconstructing the ADHD "Epidemic"

Daniel Goldin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goldin

When we are close to diagnosing 10 percent of our children with ADHD, one begins to suspect that the diagnostic criteria for the disorder is overly inclusive, or that it is simply being misdiagnosed.

Confronting Bigots Intolerant of Alternative Mental Health Treatment

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce E. Levine

Despite the success of alternative mental health treatments for many people, there still exists bigotry against these approaches.

The Study Of Empathic Therapy: Human Connection Vs. Psychiatric Control

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

As we grow in awareness of the harm perpetrated by biological psychiatry, we need more focus on the on the life-giving principles that have moved me and many others to take up the cause of reform in psychiatry.

Psychologists Profit on Unending U.S. Wars by Teaching Positive Thinking to Soldiers

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce E. Levine

While pushing drugs and teaching positive thinking earns mental health professionals money and brownie points with the elite, there is another path for mental health professionals working with U.S. soldiers.

A Psychiatric Drug Story of Tragedy and Triumph

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

people need to know how lifesaving it can be when health professionals dare to be honest about the hazards of psychiatric drugs and the value of empathic therapeutic approaches.

Are Psychiatric Drugs Contributing to Mental Illness Disability?

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

Since 1955, mental illness disability rates in the U.S. have increased six-fold. At the same time, psychiatric drug use greatly increased in the 1950s and 1960s, then skyrocketed after 1988.

Psychiatric Drugs and the Therapist-Patient Relationship

Ronald Ricker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ronald Ricker

Back in the day, psychiatrists actually spent time talking with patients. Today, psychotherapy is given by those who know very little about psychoactive drugs and appropriately can't write prescriptions.

The Hazards of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Psychiatric diagnoses seem to give us important information about ourselves and our emotional ills. In reality, psychiatric diagnosing is a kind of spiritual profiling that can destroy lives.

Sharp Rise in U.S. Military Psychiatric Drug Use and Suicides

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce E. Levine

One in six service members is now taking at least one psychiatric drug, with many soldiers taking "drug cocktail" combinations. There has also been a large increase in military suicides over the last eight years.