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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic”

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The New York Times returns to the question of whether the explosion of ADHD diagnosis reflects a previously undetected population that was pathologically hyperactive,...

“Is Pain a Construct of the Mind?”

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Subtitled "Pain is an emotion," Scientific American's portrait of Dennis Rogers, whose uncanny feats of strength seem predicated on his anomalous relationship to pain...

“The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry”

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Scientific American says of Gary Greenburg's The Book of Woe "This is a landmark book about a landmark book . . . a picture so...

“Too Much Medicine Is Bad For Our Health”

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Calling it "easily the most important meeting I ever attended," psychiatrist Allen Francis writes in Psychiatric Times about the¬†‚ÄúPreventing Overdiagnosis‚ÄĚ conference at Dartmouth. Article¬†‚Üí

“Crazy Like Us: How the U.S. Exports Its Models of Illness”

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Psychology Today writes "The fears of many European psychiatrists may soon be realized. Earlier this week, Psychiatric News reported that the American Psychiatric Association has begun petitioning the...

“Psychiatrists Deeply Concerned For 5% Of Americans Who Approve Of Congress” (Satire)

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The Onion satirizes the state of the state and/or the state of psychiatry, saying "the estimated 15.5 million Americans who approve of Congress are...

“Why Wunderink Matters”

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Sandra Steingard writes in Community Psychiatrist about Lex Wunderink's study, published in the August JAMA Psychiatry, which found that people who discontinued medication have...

“ÔŅľA More Comprehensive Approach to Ethical & Effective Prescribing”

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Psychiatrist Mark Ragins writes in Community Psychiatrist about a new approach to his practice, "Prodded by Robert Whitaker’s books, I feel the need to...

“Trauma Nation: Has the U.S. Become a Pharmacracy?”

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ACES Too High, the trauma blog, analogizes the rise of medication to the concept of manifest destiny. Issues of personal responsibility, depletion of resources,...

“Off-Label Prescribing: What You Don‚Äôt Know Could Hurt You”

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PharmaWatch Canada details the paradoxes of off-label prescribing, in which doctors may prescribe but pharmaceutical companies may not promote medication for conditions for which...

“The ‘Still Face’ Video Still Packs an Emotional Wallop”

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ACES Too High, the blog about Adverse Childhood Experiences, recalls the excruciating experiment and films concerning the impact of childhood neglect.  A one-year-old baby...

“Critics Claim Antidepressants Are Being Handed Out Like Sweets. Now Our Shocking Experiment Uncovers…...

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The Mail sent three women to their doctors, reporting fictional symptoms of short-term, mild depression.  Two walked out with prescriptions for medication, despite expressions...

“How Clean Underwear Saved a Life”

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Psychiatrist Sharon Packer writes of the role that psychiatrists can play in making differential diagnoses, and a case of 'schizophrenia' reassessed in the emergency...

“Limited Progress Made in Schizophrenia Understanding and Treatment”

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Psychiatric Times chronicles the peripatetic progress of "schizophrenia" research, from schizophrenogenic mothers to unspecified genetic lesions and back again via second-trimester embryonic insults, to...

“From the Streets to the Rx Pad: Do Party Drugs Have a Place in...

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Psychiatric Times reflects on the rise of ketamine as an antidepressant, MDMA (ecstasy) for the treatment of PTSD, and cannabis' use for neuropathic pain...

“Dangerous Work: Behavioural Geneticists Must Tread Carefully to Prevent Their Research Being Misinterpreted”

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Nature writes, of behavioral genetics, "Although the ability to investigate the genetic factors that underlie the heritability of traits such as intelligence, violent behaviour,...

“Changing Brains: Why Neuroscience is Ending The Prozac Era”

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The Guardian reports that "The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks." Article →

“There‚Äôs no way to Identify Dangerous Psychiatric Patients”

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From The National: "… People with such problems do commit extreme acts of violence. But so do the mentally healthy. A study published in the...

“The Violent Side Effects of Antidepressants that Many Ignore”

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Dr. Mercola reviews the history of psychiatric medications' connection to mass shootings,  potential violence and worsened depression, and the APA's recent recommendation to "reconsider...

“Psychotherapy‚Äôs Image Problem”

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From the New York Times: "Psychotherapy is in decline… This is not necessarily for a lack of interest. A recent analysis of 33 studies...

“New Research: Antidepressants Can Cause Long-Term Depression”

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Peter Breggin reviews the research on antidepressants, in the Huffington Post, finding evidence that "any initial improvements are often followed by treatment resistance and...

“Learned Helplessness as a Correlate of Psychosis”

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Brainblogger considers the possibility that the primary characteristics of schizophrenia - deficits in affective, social, physical and intellectual functioning - may actually reflect the...

“Why ARE so Many People Being Labelled Bipolar?”

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"For drugs designed for a relatively small number of very disturbed patients, antipsychotics are now among the most profitable drugs in the world, just...

“Did Antidepressant Play a Role in Navy Yard Massacre?”

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John Horgan of Scientific American writes "Once again, antidepressants have been linked to an episode of horrific violence. The New York Times reports that Aaron...

“Dr. Lieberman‚Äôs Latest”

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Behaviorism and Mental Health takes note of a new blog by Jeffrey Lieberman, the president of the APA, in which he claims both that...