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All Psychiatry Is Personal

David Blistein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
David Blistein

Last week I went to a presentation by Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Having spent a lot of time in the pharmaceutical trenches, I think my perspective on psychiatric meds is a little different from his, but there were two things in particular that impressed me.

Antipsychotics and Kids: What Parents Should Know

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

e worry a great deal about children with psychiatric problems who aren't getting treatment, but we should also worry about those who are getting misguided treatment.

4 Meds Your Aging Parents Should Not Be Taking

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 11.28.2012 | Fifty

Caregivers of elderly parents with dementia may have to be wary of their loved ones' antipsychotic drugs. A new study found that four commonly prescri...

Soaring Numbers of Children on Powerful Adult Psychiatric Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A recent blog of mine described how unethical and illegal drug company activities have driven the prescription of antipsychotic drugs to children. Now the "success" of this campaign has been documented in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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?

Catherine Pearson

Study: More Children, Teens Taking Antipsychotics For ADHD

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.10.2012 | Parents

The number of children and teens taking antipsychotic medications has skyrocketed in recent years, with psychiatrists prescribing the drugs in nearly ...

Definitive Study Rejects the Diagnosis of 'Psychosis Risk' and Finds No Treatment Benefit

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

A new study on the effectiveness of psychosis prevention is a clear caution against the DSM 5 proposal for a psychosis risk syndrome, and it should temper enthusiasm for rushing ahead with "ultra high risk" prevention programs.

The False Epidemic of Childhood Bipolar Disorder

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Childhood bipolar disorder used to be vanishingly rare, but has recently become far too common -- in just 15 years, rates have jumped an amazing 40-fold.

Predicting Psychosis Risk Is Pretty Risky

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Originally called 'psychosis risk,' it is now repackaged more modestly as 'attenuated psychotic symptoms.' However named or renamed, this is a dangerous idea with little benefit and extremely risky, unintended consequences.

Alzheimer's and Psychoactive Medications -- A Controversial Decision for Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

Many people refuse to even consider having their loved on put on any psychotropic medication for any reason. And that's understandable. But today's medications, which can be given in doses that don't overly sedate patients, can also be effective and improve a patient's overall quality of life.

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.

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.

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.

Like A Virgin, Again

Vicki Iovine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vicki Iovine

One of the few bright promises sustaining me while trudging through a divorce is Sex With a Stranger. I haven't had it yet, nor do I see any immediate...

Obama Interviews the Medical Blogosphere on Healthcare Reform

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvaro Fernandez

Without further ado, below you have this week's Grand Rounds -- a Q&A session with over 30 bloggers led by the incoming President on how to reform (for the better, we hope) healthcare.