Thursday, February 21, 2019
evidence-based holistic drug treatment

Assessing Outcomes at the Alternative to Meds Center: Survey Results Prove Promising

I am often contacted by organizations seeking help with documenting how their efforts make a statistically significant difference when it comes to their clients’ success. Let’s take a look at some of the essential aspects that must be considered for those seeking documentation of evidence-based treatment.
evidence-based holistic drug treatment

Assessing Outcomes at the Alternative to Meds Center: Survey Results Prove Promising

I am often contacted by organizations seeking help with documenting how their efforts make a statistically significant difference when it comes to their clients’ success. Let’s take a look at some of the essential aspects that must be considered for those seeking documentation of evidence-based treatment.
Esketamine nasal spray

Nasal Spray for Depression? Not So Fast

Several members of the FDA Advisory Committee perceived this new drug as a potential “game changer” in the way depression is treated. I, however, am NOT one of them. I take my role as the Consumer Representative very seriously and want to make sure that any pharmaceutical drug that the FDA approves shows greater benefit than potential harm.
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A Clinical Social Worker’s Bane

We have all become assembly line workers in the factory of mental health. At the facility, I put in at least 50 hours and live with a constant dread of not having clicked a button, of not having made another phone call, of overlooking the sadness in someone’s eyes. The risk of burnout or empathy fatigue is high, yet the machine hums along.
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Loneliness Cure: Red or Blue Pill?

Does this "loneliness pill" concept amount to encouraging people to stay in their homes and take a pill rather than get socially connected in their communities or reach out to those who need it? Even if a pill could generate the same effects as physical and emotional closeness between humans, is it the right thing to do?
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Institutional Corruption in the Cochrane Collaboration

My story is not just about the personal costs of speaking truth to power. This is a story about institutional corruption and one of the worst show trials in academia that you can imagine. I have written a book that documents the truth, backed by leaked board room recordings, private emails and testimony from concerned citizens.
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Funder Fragility and Forced Collaboration

Dear Funder, You say you want to work on health equity but can you walk the talk? Do you care about hearing the actual community? Do you REALLY want data-driven, accurate info to balance harm vs benefit? Or do you just want to keep your status quo? Dear Funder, Don't be fragile. Move beyond your blind spots. Our people matter.

MIA Survey on Involuntary/Assisted Outpatient Treatment

MIA is conducting a survey of people who have experienced an involuntary or assisted outpatient treatment order. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete.

MIA: Support Groups for Parents

Beginning Feb. 5 and Feb.14, Mad in the Family will begin hosting monthly, moderated online support groups for parents skeptical of, or seeking alternatives to, conventional drug-based treatments for their children with mental health challenges. We offer two groups—one in Europe and the other in the United States/Canada. Each is limited to 15 participants. Learn more, and sign up here.

Parenting Today: Raising Strong Resilient Kids

Dr. Ben Furman is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of solution-focused therapy. Click here for more Parenting Today videos.

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Withdrawal from Antidepressants

A review of the scientific literature related to withdrawal from antidepressants: mechanism of action; long-term effects of exposure to antidepressants; discontinuation syndromes; relapse upon discontinuation; tapering protocols.
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Helping Children With Angry Outbursts

Finnish psychiatrist Ben Furman reviews various non-drug therapies for children with aggressive outbursts of anger, including the Kids' Skills approach that he and social psychologist Tapani Ahola developed. These approaches focus on helping children come up with their own ideas for overcoming their problems with the help of family and friends.

MIA GLOBAL

Read updates from Mad in America’s family of affiliated sites here.

From Mad in Brasil: An analysis of Open Dialog and the challenges of implementation are discussed in this literature review published in the journal Ciência e Saúde Coletiva.

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