Psychiatrist Says He was “Coached” in Drug Trial Manipulation


In a video interview with Psychetruth, psychiatrist Dr. Colin Ross provides a concise introduction to the challenges and problems of relying on information from psychiatry journals about clinical trials. After doing a study comparing valium and placebo, Ross describes a series of perks and free trips he received.

Ross relates how one top-level researcher then advised him “not to be so therapeutic” in his relations with his patients in clinical trials, so that he would get a more robust positive result for psychiatric drugs over placebo in future. “He was actually coaching me in how to manipulate the situation to increase the difference between drug and placebo,” says Ross.

Psychiatrist Tells the Truth About Clinical Trials (Psychetruth, July 29, 2014)


    • E. Silly,

      I must say that I am finding your constant scientology smear campaigns very tiresome and I certainly question who’s side you are on. Could it be that you are a main stream psychiatry troll implanted here to keep throwing the supposed “Scientology mud” on anyone who may be a unique individual with a history, religion or thought that differs from yours or heaven forbid, our average biopsychiatrist in bed with Big Pharma and other great supposed great ethical company!!?

      The ad you included above just showed Dr. Ross being recognized by CCHR for his achievements as they have many others, which does not mean Dr. Ross or any others sought it out or were even aware they received the honor. Rather, CCHR had done some excellent research about psychiatric pseudoscience doing great harm and in the process they have come to recognize the psychiatrists and mental health experts who speak the truth unlike those who speak the life destroying DSM/Big Pharma deadly spin like many of us here after doing much research to protect ourselves and loved ones. So, your posting this ad says far more about you and whoever you are representing than Dr. Ross or anyone else you target who have earned applause for daring to tell the truth or trying to find remedies that actually help despite the far reaching billions used by Big Pharma to do all in their huge power to silence, crush and destroy anyone who dares challenge them.

      Dr. Ross wisely proposed “the trauma model” (title of a book he wrote) to replace the current DSM system since he found that most if not all severe emotional distress encountered by the mental health system is caused by trauma for life stressors/crises. Many mental health experts agree with Dr. Ross’ conclusion including experts like Dr. Judith Herman, author of the classic, Trauma And Recovery. He also helped write the great book, Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry with Dr. Alvin Pam and other contributors and it has gotten great reviews:

      You recently hijacked a post with another MIA poster to engage in a tiresome, never ending argument about scientology that ruined the post for everyone else and was/is very offensive to those who believe in the democratic rights to religious freedom and other human rights.

      As you continue to spread your venom throughout the web site, I must ask myself what your ultimate goal is here, which you may want to ask yourself. You’ve more than made your point about the fact that you don’t like Scientology, but many people here have acknowledged that their separate CCHR arm has put out some very excellent, enlightening materials that have been very factual and truthful and they have been recognized for that as CCHR has recognized brave psychiatrists risking their careers and very lives to tell the truth about the deadly psychiatry/Big Pharma industrial complex.

      Robert Whitaker, the creator of MIA has asked that people not focus on Scientology at MIA only because of psychiatry’s smear campaigns to used it as a discrediting device to anyone who might have the most minute association with Scientology, which is basically the same tactic of Joseph McCarthy’s terrorizing everyone by painting them as Communists during the 1950’s. Finally, he was asked by a fellow Congress man, “Have you no decency, sir?”

      So, I will ask you the same question, “Have you no decency E. Silly” as you continue to smear campaign everyone here in the guise of Scientology?

      You have more than made your point. Did it ever occur to you that others here may be sick of your own BS despite your complaints about others’? I certainly am.

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        • Copy cat,

          Who on this earth would come off as absolutely perfect if one’s every minute thought, decision, action and consequences were exposed to one and all as with the “last judgment?” Of course, that morbid thought doesn’t excuse the most dishonest, unethical behaviors against one’s fellow people.

          It’s easy to be lured into a mob mentality about those “others” who don’t fit in supposedly because they are said to be different than us. And though Scientology may sound odd to those who don’t share their beliefs, most religions sound odd to outsiders who haven’t grown up with them. One reason is that many spiritual and other truths are conveyed by myths or parables which can be true on the inside while not factually true on the outside.

          Anyway, psychiatry just went after Scientology because its founder Ron Hubbard was “antipsychiatry” and exposed many of their harmful beliefs and actions, so it’s a matter of the pot calling the kettle black when psychiatry goes after Scientology given that psychiatry is more a religion than medical profession itself.

          Thanks for your support and understanding Copy cat. And you are right, I don’t think we should be checking each person introduced at MIA for their supposed Scientology or other religious background. I think etiquette books warn against discussing such topics in polite conversation since it mostly leads to arguments.

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          • Even a broken clock is right twice a day and even people like Ron Hubbard can be right about certain things. I’m not interested if someone is a catholic, scientologist or an atheist, I’m ore interested in his/her opinions, facts they present etc.

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    • You are right, we could do better than this, I would love to see more anti NAMI on MIA instead.

      In 2004, NAMI opposed the placement of “black box” warnings on antidepressants determined to cause suicide in under-18 year olds, and in 2006 opposed black box warnings on ADHD drugs causing heart attack, stroke and sudden death in children in 2006. Despite overwhelming evidence of serious adverse cardiac events and sudden deaths caused by ADHD drugs, in 2006 NAMI took the position that the “black box” warning on ADHD drugs was “premature.” Also, on December 18, 2003, The New York Times exposed that NAMI had bused scores of protestors to a hearing in Frankfort, Kentucky, took out full page ads in Kentucky newspapers, and sent angry faxes to state officials, all to protest a state panel proposal to exclude the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa from Medicaid’s list of preferred medications. According to the article, “What the advocacy groups did not say at the time was that the buses, ads and faxes were all paid for” by the manufacturer of the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, Eli Lilly.

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