The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publication Psychiatric News has released an article about the recent British Medical Journal study finding strong links between long-term use of benzodiazepine drugs and increases in Alzheimer’s. “Somewhere along the way, the message got lost, and patients were allowed to use benzodiazepines for months and years,” Mohit P. Chopra, M.D., a member of the APA’s Council on Geriatric Psychiatry, told Psychiatric News. More →
A team of American pediatric physicians has published an article in the journal Pediatrics examining the many ways in which medical overdiagnosis may be harming children. “Overdiagnosis is defined as the identification of an abnormality where detection will not benefit the patient,” they write. They specifically discuss ADHD as one of many problematic and questionable diagnoses. More →
Wealthier children are more likely to take stimulants only during the school year and not during the summer, according to a study in American Sociological Review. And they are also more likely to do so if they are living in a state where schools face legal accountability requirements for children to perform to certain standards. More →
Maria Popova provides some excerpts about music, madness and therapy from the new book, Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, from the iconic Canadian folk-jazz singer-songwriter and eight-time Grammy recipient. “I went through a lot of changes about [therapy],” says Mitchell. “It’s like driving out your devils — do you drive out your angels as well, you know, that whole thing about the creative process.” More →
This is an important issue. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011. The CDC also notes that the base rates for ADHD varies substantially by state ranging from a low of 4.2% in Nevada to a high of 14.8% in Kentucky.
Dr. Seth Farber is a writer, social critic, dissident psychologist, visionary, activist (in the human rights, Green and anti-war movements — and a supporter of animal rights) and co-founder of the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry (1988). His newest and most …
Due to the positive effects of exercise on specific neuroprotective brain proteins, physical exercise shows promise as a potential non-pharmacological treatment for schizophrenia, according to a study published in Psychiatry Research. Two other studies appearing in other journals this month provide support for these findings. More →
Mae Harden is interviewed by Philly.com about her years of attempting to medicate away the voices she was hearing in her head, while hiding the truth as much as possible. “But I still kept one secret. I would not tell people when my voices were still very loud. I would not tell people how, if I was home at night, I’d actually have to go out in the street because it was way too loud in my house,” Harden told Philly.com. After 40 years of unsuccessful treatment, Harden found the Hearing Voices Network. More →
In the early hours of September 19 – about 3 AM, someone estimated – Gloria X. was awoken from her sleep at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, the New Jersey State hospital. Her new (about 3 weeks) roommate, Florence, whom she had trusted, was on top of her punching her in the eyes. Florence pounded her eyes over and over and over – taking out 50 years of rage on Gloria. Why Gloria? No one knows. Or those who know ain’t talking.
A growing body of evidence indicates that forced “treatment” in today’s mental health system, including all forms of forced hospitalization and forced drugging, may actually cause FAR more harm than good. Recent published studies and articles point towards evidence of physical and psychological harm that, in some cases, may contribute to more suicidality and patient deaths, as well as overall worse outcomes in a person’s state of recovery.
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