Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Girl in Facebook Live Hanging was Prescribed Antidepressant

From the Miami Herald: Naika Venant, a 14-year-old girl who died by suicide this past January, had been prescribed Zoloft, an antidepressant with a black box...

Medical Students’ Racial Biases Lead to Failure to Adequately Treat Patients

False beliefs about biological differences between races are associated with a failure to provide recommended pain treatments to Black people.

Long-term Usage of ADHD Drugs Linked to Growth Suppression

Findings suggest that treatment not only fails to reduce the severity of “ADHD” symptoms in adulthood but is associated with decreased height.

Marijuana and Suicide

A new three-part series from Parents Opposed to Pot explores the link between marijuana and suicide. Part 1: Marijuana and Suicide, a Growing Risk for Our...

Nutrient Supplementation Improves Outcomes for Patients Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

A review article and meta-analysis of 18 articles published in the journal of Psychological Medicine reported effects of vitamin and/or mineral supplements on psychiatric symptoms in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. The study provides evidence of the beneficial effects of taking certain vitamins and minerals for improving symptoms associated with schizophrenia.

Videos from Trial Over Generic Paxil-Induced Suicide

The trial of Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline over the alleged paroxetine-induced suicide of Stewart Dolin recently began. Click the following links for video depositions of...

‘Do Antidepressants Work?’ is the Wrong Question

“This research points to the inadequacy of asking the simple question: ‘Do antidepressants work?’ Instead, the value or otherwise of antidepressants needs to be understood in the context of the diversity of experience and the particular meaning they hold in people’s lives.”

Show Drugs Work Before Selling Them

From Nature: FDA regulation plays a major role in the functioning of our economy. Trump's plans to deregulate the FDA will not only put...

Patients More Likely to Refuse Drug-Only Treatment, Study Finds

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently published a study finding that patients assigned to drug-only treatments were more likely to refuse treatment, and more likely to drop out before treatment completion, than patients assigned to psychotherapy only.

Trial set to Begin in Litigation Over Generic Paxil-Induced Suicide

From The Cook County Record: The trial of Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline over the alleged paroxetine-induced suicide of Stewart Dolin began on March 14th. The trial is...

An Alternative Perspective on Psychotherapy: It is Not a ‘Cure’

Kev Harding argues against conceptualizations of therapy as a ‘cure’ to an ‘illness’ and instead offers alternative approaches.

What Happens to Your Brain When you Take Xanax

In this video from Business Insider, psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist Dr. Samoon Ahmad explains the impact of Xanax on the brain and discusses some of...

Informed Patient? Don’t bet on it

From The New York Times: Informed consent in health care is disturbingly uncommon. As a patient, it can be helpful to utilize a few strategies to be...

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants: Breakthrough or Total Disaster?

From Gizmodo: Some researchers believe that deep brain stimulation - a surgical procedure involving the implantation of electrodes that send electrical signals to specific areas...

Potential Dangers and Dubious History of Alternative Medicine

From MinnPost: Two recent articles have exposed some of the potentially dangerous effects of alternative treatments including homeopathy and acupuncture, as well as corruption in...

Most Off-Label Prescribing of Antidepressants Lacks Strong Scientific Evidence

A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, investigates the prevalence of off-label prescribing for antidepressant medication in primary care settings.

Major National Newspaper Looking for Drug Withdrawal Stories

From the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry: A major national newspaper is looking for people in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects...

Despite Increase in Treatments, Prevalence of Mental Health Issues Climbs

Findings show that despite increases in treatment availability, the prevalence of mental health issues has not decreased.

Pro-LGBT Policies Reduce Teen Suicide

A study demonstrates a 7% reduction in suicide attempts for teens in states that had legalized same-sex marriage.

The Dangers of Using the Club Drug Ketamine for Depression

From TIME: The club drug ketamine has been found in some small studies to help treat people categorized as having treatment-resistant depression. However, while ketamine has...

Moms Reach $6.2-million Settlement in Paxil Lawsuit

From The Province: Mothers alleging that taking Paxil during pregnancy caused heart problems for their children have reached a settlement of $6.2-million with GlaxoSmithKline U.K. Article...

Experts Concerned That Depression Screening Will Lead to Overdiagnosis

Behind the U.S. task force recommendation to screen all children and adults for depression.

We Need to pay Better Attention to Medication Side Effects

From KevinMD.com: Doctors often fail to recognize that their patients' symptoms are side effects of medication. "Cognitive dissonance, a universal human phenomenon, is based on the assumption...

Transition into Poverty May Worsen Child and Maternal Mental Health

Transitioning into poverty linked to behavioral issues in children, but may be mitigated by mother’s mental health.

When Evidence Says no, but Doctors say yes

From ProPublica: Many physicians continue to administer treatments that have long been proven ineffective and even harmful to patients. "For all the truly wondrous developments of modern medicine...

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Psychiatric Medications and Long-term Outcomes for Schizophrenia

Martin Harrow, PhD, and Thomas Jobe, MD, present findings from their 26-year study of patients with schizophrenia. They focus on the differences in outcomes for patients who remained on versus patients who stopped taking their medication, and discuss the clinical implications of their findings.