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Psychiatric Drugs

What Is a Psychiatrist, Anyway?

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

If psychiatry is to help patients make knowledgeable choices about their treatment, it will need to rebrand in a way that makes sense not just to the mental health community, but to the public.

Our Psychiatric Civilization

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

We're so obsessed with psychiatry that patients devote themselves to adjusting their diagnoses and drugs, instead of addressing their lives.

Psychiatric Drugs and Poor Kids

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

Children covered by Medicaid are far more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs than children covered by private insurance, even if they have no psychotic symptoms.

Driving Soldiers Crazy with Psychiatric Meds

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

Has life in the military has become tougher? Everyone seems to agree that it has with the increased frequency and length of deployments. But that's not the whole story.

Pilots Taking Antidepressants? The FAA Is Risking Our Lives

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

It's unrealistic that taking antidepressants will have good results for depressed pilots. Careful analyses of antidepressant studies cast their beneficial effects into doubt while confirming their harmful effects.

The Mass Production of Mental Illness and What To Do About It

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Dr. Richard P. Bentall, professor and practitioner of clinical psychology in Britain, exposes the highly dubious nature of reigning presumptions about the causes and treatment of mental illness.

Stimulus Packages and Prozac: The Unintended Consequences of Intervention

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Peter Breggin

Artificial interventions by know-it-all psychiatrists with their drugs, or know-it-all politicians with their economic bromides can never improve upon the activities of individual human beings pursuing their interests and their ideals in a free society.

Psychotropic Drugs: Parameter Introduced For Children And Adolescents

medicalnewstoday.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is proud to announce its new practice parameter on the use of psychotropic medications...

Stimulants for ADHD Shown to Cause Sudden Death in Children

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

Our children don't need drugs--they need us to protect them from misguided health professionals while we make every effort to meet their real needs in our families and schools.

Medication Madness: How Psychiatric Drugs Cause Violence, Suicide, and Crime

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

We need to be able to take complete responsibility for ourselves and to think through our problems with rational clarity. All psychiatric drugs impair those higher mental functions.

Ending Drunkenness in America

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Hopefully, teens will never drink. Instead, they can consume tons of corn starch in soft drinks and snack foods.

Can You Trust Your Psychiatrist?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

If you can't trust big Pharma with its capacity to influence doctors then how can you trust your psychiatrist?

Who Needs the Brothers Grimm When We Have Teen Screen?

Anne Dunev | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dunev

The test: TeenScreen. Its mission: to test all American school children. The treatment? Psychotropic drugs that carry the all too real risks of suicide, suicidal ideation, homicide and homicidal ideation.

The Anthrax Perpetrator and the Arkansas Shooter Were Taking Antidepressants

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

It was recently disclosed that two murderers, one extremely notorious, were probably taking antidepressants at the time of their crimes, but hardly an...

Children Poisoning Themselves with Illegal Psychiatric Drugs

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

Are teenagers the victims of drug dealers? Partying? Actually, they are trying to handle the overload of work in eleventh grade in highly competitive schools in affluent communities.

Beyond Politics -- Something We Can All Agree On

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

From the political left or right, we should be able to come together around the idea that it's bad to use psychiatric drugs to control children. There are better ways.

The FDA Wants to Stop You from Protecting Yourself Against Drug Companies

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

Suing a drug company is your only way as an individual to protect yourself against malfeasance. It should be a right under the law, but the FDA and the drug companies are on the verge of taking it away.

Lessons from the Death of "Mental Patient" Esmin Green

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

The Emergency Room video cam took it all in but no human response was forthcoming. Forty-nine year old Esmin Green had been involuntarily committed a...

From FDA to GSK: The Dangerous Partnership between Government and Big Pharma

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

The FDA is not so much a watchdog agency as an active member of the psychopharmaceutical complex working on behalf on the drug industry.

Psychiatry Makes War on "Bipolar Children"

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

Children trying to come off multiple psychiatric medications almost certainly face severe withdrawal problems. But if they are kept on drugs indefinitely, their condition will deteriorate.

Death by Neglect

Jay Neugeboren | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Neugeboren

My brother Robert has been a patient in the NYC mental health systems for the past 46 years, and though outraged by Esmin Green's death, I'm not surprised -- people with mental illness remain the stepchildren of the medical system.

New Schizophrenia Drug Offers Hope

The New York Times | Alex Berenson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The drug had reduced schizophrenic symptoms, validating the efforts of hundreds of scientists, inside and outside of Lilly, who had labored together f...