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Psychiatric Drugs

Rethinking Serotonin's Role in Clinical Depression

Teagan Wall | Posted 09.09.2014 | Science
Teagan Wall

Since the 1950s, clinical depression has been thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically an imbalance of the neurotransmitter serotonin. But a paper published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience last month suggests that no, depression is not cause by serotonin dysfunction.

Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed or the Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Not only do they fund ADHD research and professional education, they market to doctors, teachers, parents, and, ultimately, even the children of this country.

A Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed Or The Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The timing and blatant nature of the pecuniary partnership between America's leading academic child psychiatrist and a Fortune 500 mega-corporation left me feeling sad, angry and alone. Where were other doctors, patients, the public and the press? Why weren't they speaking out about this obvious conflict of interest?

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.

We Are Totally Not Supposed to Talk About This at All

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Corbyn Hightower

So in a few days, I need to figure out a way to bring my job out there into my world. That's my medicine, I think -- my town and the people in it. Just to be near them, to look at their faces and maybe smile and get a smile back.

Depressed? Treatment Not Working? Be Careful What You Do Next

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

If you are taking an anti-depressant but are still depressed, the ad says, ask your doctor about adding Abilify (originally approved as an anti-psychotic medication). This is, at best, misleading medical advice.

Being Completely Normal Living With a Mental Illness

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Heroux

No one deserves to live with the stigma associated with a mental illness. The important thing that we need to do as a society is be more compassionate, more informed, more caring and more supportive of those with mental illness.

NIMH vs DSM-5: No One Wins, Patients Lose

Allen Frances | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The flat out rejection of DSM-5 by National Institute of Mental Health is a sad moment for mental health and an unsafe one for our patients. The APA and NIMH are both letting us down, failing to be safe custodians for the mental health needs of our country.

Depressed or Demoralized?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

A full professional workup can help to differentiate demoralization from a major depressive disorder. Troubling moods can arise from a variety of contexts. They may indicate a major mental disorder, but could also represent reactions to life circumstances.

Things You Want To Know About Psychiatric Medications But Didn't Know Who (Or How) To Ask

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I asked more than a dozen expert psychiatric colleagues, and myself, the questions they most frequently receive about psychiatric medications from people who take them or their families. Here are a dozen of those many questions; the responses are mine.

Defending Psychiatrists And The DSM

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 03.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThese kids are among the most troubled kids we see, and we aren't satisfied with what we've been able to do for them. We need a better way to identify them, as the first step in finding a better way to help them.

Psych Meds and Kids: Using Commonsense Caution

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus, author and environmental health advocate Not long after the unfathomable events of December 14, 2012, unfolded at S...

Is an ADHD/Adderall Ice Age Ending?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The 5,000-word Times piece on the life and death by suicide of a young man, Richard Fee, addicted to Adderall (a form of prescription amphetamine), could represent a true thawing of what some feel has been a 20-year ADHD/Adderall Ice Age.

Jury Awards $1.5 Million in Suicide Malpractice Suit

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A Syracuse, N.Y. jury has awarded a $1.5 million medical malpractice verdict to the family of a man who committed suicide. I was the medical expert for the family.

Today's Greatest Mental Health Need: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Programs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 10.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Instead of persisting in pushing psychiatric drugs, health professionals and organizations around the world would do far more good by developing and supporting programs for psychiatric drug withdrawal.

Do You Have to Stay on Psychiatric Drugs Forever? No, Says Leading Psychiatrist in New Book

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 12.06.2012 | Books
Martha Rosenberg

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., has been called "the conscience of psychiatry" for his efforts to reform the mental health field.

Inside Psychiatry: Anxiety Over Antipsychotic Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 09.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Richard A. Friedman notes in a recent New York Times article that by any standards, atypical antipsychotics are overprescribed. But he leaves out two groups that are especially vulnerable to abuse by these chemical agents: the elderly and children.

Getting 'It' Into the New York Times

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I've never been against using medication in children. I am against a first and only use of medication in children who are minimally impaired. I believe first one must try to employ effective non-drug interventions of behavior modification and special education.

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.

Me on Drugs

Julie Gray | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

I have been on drugs for about six years, give or take. Prozac and Buspiron. Prozac for depression and Buspiron for its evil twin sister, anxiety. There were others, too. I can't remember how I got started on them -- well, we can surmise I was depressed.

Military to Hold Conference on Escalating Suicides; Drugs Not Allowed

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 06.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Suicides and personal violence in the military have continued to escalate since some of us first began warning about these problems and their relationship to the simultaneously escalating prescription of psychiatric drugs to active duty soldiers.

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.