According to a survey published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, New Zealand elected members of parliament believe that many of the people who "harass" them with "inappropriate" communications are mentally ill. More →
"Depression can double risk of stroke," reported Time, CNN, NPR and many other news outlets, covering a study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers in the Journal of the American Heart Association. More →
Jeffrey Lieberman, American Psychiatric Association through May 2014, recently called Robert Whitaker a “menace to society” because Whitaker had challenged the long-term effectiveness of psychiatric medication. But is it Whitaker or Lieberman who has been a menace to society? Lieberman, earlier in his career, conducted experiments in which patients diagnosed with schizophrenia were given a psychostimulant drug with Lieberman’s expectation that this drug would be “psychotogenic” (induce symptoms of psychosis), and this deterioration in fact occurred. How could the APA not feel guilt or shame about Lieberman and other psychiatrists conducting experiments that create psychotic symptoms and suffering? The answer to this question takes us to a very dark place.
Some 17.1 million American children have or have had a mental illness and two-thirds of them aren't getting treatment, according to a report from the Child Mind Institute. The report was released as part of a national collaborative initiative, "Speak Up for Kids." Psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz, President of the Institute, told media that these mental disorders are "real," that the situation is "absolutely, truly" a "crisis," and that parents should feel comfortable with his assertions because he isn't being paid by drug companies to say them. More →
A commentary in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry argues that psychiatrists should no longer focus only on diagnosing and treating mental illness, but should become more proactively involved in defining and supporting the development of mental health and well-being. More →
Contrary to claims by others, rates of mental disorders among American children and youth dropped from 1996-2012, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nevertheless, the numbers of children with less serious impairments who are getting psychiatric treatments have been increasing. More →
Recently, the Murphy Bill in the United States Congress has resurfaced as a tangible threat to the civil liberties of individuals labelled “seriously mentally ill.” As many others might relate, my reaction was one of rage, sadness, and utter bafflement. Yet, here we are. Having defeated the bill once, it is back like herpes. After my frustration and anger dissipated a bit, I pondered this and was hit with a “duh” moment. Politics is not about facts; politics is about power, money, and playing on the emotions of society.
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