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How Young is Too Young? Part 1: Prescribing Psychiatric Drugs – Infancy to Toddlerhood

Do you remember feeling pressure as a child to do better at school, fit in socially, or behave more appropriately? Making the right decision was not always as easy as adults and cheerful children’s books sometimes painted it. Today’s expectations and demands placed on children for Disney-like perfection, however, are exponentially greater and strangely different. At an ever increasingly early age, we are expecting kids to behave years beyond their developmental ability and maturation.
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“How was Your Stay in a Psychiatric Hospital?”

Shrink Rap psychiatrist Dinah Miller writes about comments that appeared on her blog and at Mad in America in response to her post on how to reduce the violation some people feel during involuntary treatment. "I'm sorry this blog post turned out to be so polarizing," Miller writes. "No one has ever called me 'evil' before." More →

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Veterans Often Being Given Risky Combinations of Opioids and Psychotropics

The vast majority of veterans who are taking opioids for pain are also being prescribed one or more psychiatric medications, according to a study in Psychiatry Research. And many of these drugs, the authors wrote, have harmful side effects "especially when combined." More →

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Drugging Foster Kids: Let’s Do Something About It

This is an invitation to action. Mad in America readers know that psychotropic medications, especially “antipsychotics,” often are used to sedate and restrain problematic people, including children—and not just any children, but foster children especially, and most of all, foster children in so-called “group homes.” Agreement is widespread that foster kids are over-medicated: too many, too young, too many drugs per child, on dosages that are too high and are maintained too long, oftenyears on end. The PsychDrugs Action Campaign of the National Center for Youth Law invites Mad in America readers to join us to make positive changes now.
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Protesting ECT:
A Moral/Existential Calling

ECT is a medical procedure. Correction: a procedure deemed medical. The point here is: despite the fact that it is administered in hospitals by people known as doctors, by any normal understanding of the term, it cannot justifiably be termed “medical,” for such naming presupposes that something is medically wrong with the person and yet there is no proof whatever that such is the case with prospective ECT recipients.
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Is Health Information Security Dead?

ProPublica interviews the director of the Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services about the latest wave of data breaches of millions of American citizens' health information. More →

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