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Movie Review: Love and Other Drugs

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are a number of things to like about Edward Zwick's Love and Other Drugs, so it seems churlish to quibble about the problems. But those foibles...

Antidepressants: A Hidden Cause Of Obesity

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

The solution to losing weight while on antidepressants is easy and simple. It simply requires knowing that brain serotonin does more than regulate mood. It also regulates appetite.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Clinical Depression and Motherhood

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Morra Aarons-Mele

For the first couple months I told people I was pregnant with my first baby, when they shrieked, I had the instinct to cry and tell them to go screw themselves.

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.

Understanding the Placebo Effect

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

My first foray into the nebulous world of antidepressants was in 1985 when I was put on Sinequan. It gave me severe cotton mouth, didn't do much for my mood.

'Anatomy Of An Epidemic': Could Psychiatric Drugs Be Fueling A Mental Illness Epidemic?

Robert Whitaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Whitaker

Although we, as a society, believe that psychiatric medications have "revolutionized" the treatment of mental illness, the disability numbers suggest a very different possibility. Could our drug-based paradigm of care, for some unforeseen reason, be fueling this epidemic?

Which Illegal Hallucinogen Is Right for You?

Mark Morford | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

Let's lay it out: According to a major new overview study, all of America's beloved wonderdrug antidepressants are essentially useless and don't really work worth a damn. Wait, that's not quite right.

FAA: Pilots On Antidepressants Now Permitted To Fly

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The government is lifting a 70-year-old ban on letting pilots fly while on antidepressants, citing improvements in the drugs and an...

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.

Beyond Fluoride: Pharmaceuticals, Drinking Water and the Public Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

If we are willing to ingest fluoride to prevent tooth decay, surely we can tolerate a trace of lithium to prevent suicides.

Medication Can Help The Severely Depressed

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

The more depressed someone was, the more likely they were to benefit from taking anti-depressants. The studies showed that this was true, whether or not the patients took Paxil.

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.

Suffering, Seeking & Sanity

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

Over time, the object of my seeking evolved from merely looking for personal relief, to a grander, all-encompassing search for truth, God and enlightenment.

"Is Dirt the New Prozac?"

Dr. Larry Dossey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Larry Dossey

If your doctor advises you to get dirty instead of taking a pill to perk up your mood, don't look at her strangely. Pride yourself on having a physician who is on the cutting edge.

Ghostwritten Medical Articles Cast Doubt on Reliability of Drugs

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lennard Davis

We need to be extremely careful when we read that "experts have said" or that "experiments have shown" -- particularly when we are looking at difficult-to-treat affective disorders.

A Vital Part of Healthcare Reform: Change How We Educate Our Doctors

Dr. John Neustadt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. John Neustadt

Training doctors to uncover and treat the underlying causes of disease could eliminate much of the unnecessary reliance on pharmaceuticals and reduce their devastating, and sometimes deadly, side effects.

Pharmaceutical Drug Pushers Lead to National Overdose

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

I only hope that some woman is lucky enough to be with a man who becomes afflicted with one side effect Viagra claims, a condition known as priapism, ...

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...

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.

Online Therapy: The Next Frontier

The Times | Peta Bee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A growing body of research has found that when - and this is crucial - it is carried out responsibly, and kept specific, online therapy is one of the ...

Do Antidepressants Actually Work? Research Says Probably Not

Reuters | Will Dunham and Julie Steenhuysen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

British researchers have released a report that claims that antidepressants, for the most part, are ineffective. The researchers found that compared ...