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Overmedication

10,000 Young Toddlers Are on Stimulant Drugs for ADHD

Allen Frances | Posted 07.17.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Treating babies with stimulants is based on no research, is reckless, and takes no account of the possible harmful long-term effects of bathing baby brains with powerful neurotransmitter drugs.

The Doctor/Patient Relationship Comes First, Last, and Always

Allen Frances | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

When I started my training in psychiatry 45 years ago, the prevailing model for understanding mental disorders was broadly bio/psycho/social in the grand tradition of Pinel. When psychiatry is practiced well, it integrates insights from all the different ways of understanding human nature.

When Do You REALLY Need To See To The Doctor?

Posted 10.17.2013 | OWN

By Jessica Girdwain Nearly 45 percent of older adults take over-the-counter medication daily or weekly to treat common ailments. If you're one ...

My 12 Best Tips on Psychiatric Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We already had a crisis in psychiatric diagnosis before DSM-5. It is a sure sign of excess that 25 percent of us qualify for a mental disorder and that 20 percent are on psychiatric medication.

WATCH: Oprah On Americans Who 'Take Pills Like Candy'

OWN | Posted 05.25.2013 | OWN

Americans don't shy away from taking pills. According to IMS Health, an estimated 16 million people in the United States use painkillers, 5 million ta...

Medication Nation

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.

Rx for S.S.D. (Sick Society Disorder)

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Shock and incredulity greeted a front-page New York Times article last week that nearly 1 in 5 American high school boys had attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The Problem With Quick Fixes: Medicine Isn't Always the Best Answer

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Medicine can do amazing things these days. Whether it's face transplants or new treatments for diabetes or curing many kinds of cancer, it can seem like medicine can do everything. But medicine can't -- and shouldn't -- do everything.

Benzos, Stimulants and Sleeping Pills: The High-Performance Cocktail

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

If you decompress, you become more efficient and less anxious, and you sleep better. Slowly integrating other healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and good diet can help you rid yourself of the need for the high-performance cocktail.

The Art of ADHD: Can we free children from 'chemical straitjackets'?

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Each child deserves a balanced, thorough evaluation that allows everyone involved to proceed in a thoughtful way. And even when ADHD medication is indicated, we need to remember that medication alone is never enough.

Drugs The Problem Rather Than The Solution For Overmedicated Elderly

The New York Times | Posted 04.18.2012 | Fifty

My 92-year-old aunt was a walking pharmacy, and a month ago it nearly killed her. The episode also cost the American medical system several hundred th...

Is Your Aging Parent At Risk Of Overmedication?

Carole Herman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty
Carole Herman

In 1982, my beloved fell, broke her hip and ended up in a nursing home for rehabilitation. She never got out of that nursing home because of the "chemical restraints" that were administered to her.

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

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

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.

Generation Rx: Is Overmedication Endangering Our Kids' Health?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

These new studies once again underscore the necessity for us as parents to communicate with our pediatricians and not be afraid to ask questions when a prescription is offered.

Marcus Baram

Big Pharma's Role In Overmedicating Nursing Home Patients Noted In Government Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.10.2011 | Home

Welcome to "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the...

The Overmedication Of Foster Kids

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Michael Piraino

The White House has announced action against a very different prescription drug problem. Overmedication of our foster youth is an issue that deserves our attention, too.

Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing

msnbc.com | Emma Ashburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

U.S. officials reported a 400 percent increase over 10 years in the proportion of Americans treated for prescription painkiller abuse and said on Thur...

You Are Not A Diagnosis

Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D.

Too often, we fall into a sort of trance, marching to doctor's orders, and "I am unfocused or anxious at times" becomes, "I AM ADD."

Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients?

Hyla Cass, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hyla Cass, M.D.

A little known but potentially life-saving fact is that common medications deplete vital nutrients essential to your health. Here's a practical guide to avoid drug-induced nutrient depletion.

The Inconvenient Truth About ADHD at College

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 02.20.2010 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

In reality, there's very little dispute that medication helps kids master tasks -- like performing better in school -- that are critical for success and happiness in later life.

ReThink Review: The War On Kids -- Education's Prisoners

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Public schools have essentially been turned into prisons with constant surveillance and harsh, often absurd zero tolerance policies towards drugs, alcohol, weapons, violence and other forms of misbehavior.

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst? Ha.

Kyrina McCormick | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kyrina McCormick

One of the things I would dearly love to pass on to parents with young children with autism of whatever nature is that they will age but not necessarily grow.

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.

What Your Doctor Really Thinks

ReadersDigest.com | Cynthia Dermody & Patricia Curtis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

I was told in school to put a patient in a gown when he isn't listening or cooperating. It casts him in a position of subservience. --Chiropractor, At...

Overmedication Nation

The New York Times | Judith Warner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

This storyline persists despite the fact that government research has repeatedly shown that most adults and children with mental health issues don't g...