30% of Vets Given Psych Drugs
Have no Diagnosis


According to research from the Yale School of Medicine, published this week in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30% of all Veterans Health Administration patients prescribed psychotropic medications in fiscal year 2010 had no psychiatric diagnosis.

Abstract →

Wiechers, I., Kirwin, P., Rosenheck, R., Increased risk among older veterans of prescribing psychotropic medication in the absence of psychiatric diagnoses. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Online October 28, 2013.

Many vets given psychiatric drugs without diagnosis (The Sun)

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Kermit Cole
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 [email protected].