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The Spurious Chemical Imbalance Theory is Still Alive and Well

The promotion of the chemical imbalance theory did occur, and continues to occur, and is a most shameful chapter in psychiatry’s history.  It is arguably one of the most destructive, far-reaching, and profitable hoaxes in history. I could not begin to estimate the number of clients I’ve talked to over the years who told me that their psychiatrists had told them they had a chemical imbalance in their brains, and that they needed to take the pills for life to correct this imbalance. Even today, I regularly receive emails from readers contesting the assertions in my posts and telling me in no uncertain terms that they have chemical imbalances in their brains that cause their problems.
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Brain Drugs and Corporate Climbers

Both the New York Observer and New York Times investigate the rise of the use of "cognitive enhancement" and energy-increasing psychiatric drugs among stressed workers and ambitious executives. More →

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Alaskan Indigenous Peoples Experiencing High Rates of Trauma

ACES Too High News reviews two reports, one from the Alaska Tribal Health Consortium and one from the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the Alaska Mental Health Board, that found Alaskans of aboriginal descent experiencing very high rates of many different types of trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACE). More →

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A Challenge to Dr. Lieberman

On a national Canadian radio show on Sunday (April 26), former APA president Jeffrey Lieberman called me a “menace to society” for my writings on the long-term effects of psychiatric medications (and other writings.) He said there was abundant evidence that psychiatric medications improved long-term outcomes for various psychiatric disorders. And so now we would like to issue a challenge: Dr. Lieberman, please point out these studies for us.
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Lieberman Calls Whitaker “A Menace to Society”

On Canada's popular national CBC radio program The Sunday Edition, psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman today described Robert Whitaker as "a menace to society." Lieberman is the Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University, a former head of the American Psychiatric Association and author of the new book Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry. Whitaker is the publisher of this website, whose 2010 book Anatomy of an Epidemic focused on what science is showing about the long-term effects of psychiatric medications. More →

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The Latest News from Twin Research: The Genetic Influence on Political Voting Choices is “Moderately Strong”

There seems to be no end to illogical and even comical “findings” from MZ-DZ twin method comparisons, where the original twin researchers argue that the greater behavioral resemblance of reared-together MZ (monozygotic, identical) versus same-sex DZ (dizygotic, fraternal) twin pairs demonstrates the “heritability” of the behavioral characteristic in question. Among these we find a twin study whose authors concluded in favor of a genetic basis for being a “born again Christian” (65% heritability), another that found important genetic influences on tea and coffee drinking preferences, and still another that found that the heritability of “loneliness in adults” is 48%.
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Real Psychiatry and Darwinian Evolution are One and the Same: Molecular Psychiatry has Missed the Forest for the Trees

The basic principle for the development of human personality is the very same as for Darwinian evolution. In our quest to understand human biology, we have lost our way. We are looking in all the wrong places. The human organism from the beginning adapts to its salient environment. We can trace our adaptations from a zygote, to an embryo, to a fetus, to a newborn, a baby, a toddler, a child, an adolescent, all the way to adulthood. This also tells us how psychiatric problems arise, and informs us of the appropriate and effective treatment.
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Want to Be Drug Free? 
It’s Time to Live More Simply

Creeping from the shadows, emerging from the glen, is a cry for an existence much better than the one we’re living in. It is clear that drugs are becoming our crutch, an excuse to avoid experiencing the trials and tribulations as such. So below is an entreaty to return to simplicity, one in which much of what we need is available so readily.
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Re-telling Our Stories: Liberation or Re-oppression?

The Wall Street Journal reports on two recent studies that found that people who "narrate" their own lives to put a positive spin on them feel better overall. But a paper in Intersectionalities explores how re-narrating one's own sense of personal identity may either help free one from oppression or become a mere expression of one's oppression. More →

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“Pharmed Out” Conference 2015

Georgetown University in Washington, DC, will host the next "Pharmed Out" conference on June 11-12, 2015. This year's theme is, "The Real Risks of Rx Drugs." More →

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