Consumer Reports recommends against antipsychotic “augmentation therapy” for depression. The consumer watchdog magazine finds that the unproven efficacy, harmful side effects, availability of alternatives, and high expense of the drugs do not justify their use.
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at
In the article linked to (this is not just a video)… it says “Nonmedication options include electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and vagus nerve stimulation.”
This is the world we live in folks. Where the unproven belief that being in despair is a “medical” problem leads people to try all sorts of quackery.
Indeed, they pan antipsychotic meds but then they promote electroshock as an alternative; from worse to worseR. Psychiatry should be abolished, period!
“they pan antipsychotic meds but then they promote electroshock as an alternative”
Reminds me of a certain foreign correspondent on this site.
Google “the stealth ECT psychiatrist in the reform movement” if you don’t know who I’m talking about.
Gee, is that a gorilla sitting there in the middle of the room?
Extreme distress and desperation can increase an individual’s vulnerability.
It takes a consumer organization to point out the add-on antipsychotics are useless — medicine wouldn’t bother with this little detail.
The consumer organization recommended electroshock as an alternative. Just like you know who does.
Hypocritical, saying drugs are bad dont take them. Or “oh its ok to go to your doctor and mix some mood altering anti depressant” this article is against everything we’re trying to accomplish. It even said try 1or2 anti depressants, we dont know what these chemical pills are doing to our mind, brains and bodies.