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Blogs

Essays by a diverse group of writers, in the United States and abroad, engaged in rethinking psychiatry. (The directory of personal stories can be found here, and initiatives here).

October 10, 2010

Bob-- Today was full of psych stuff from the first patient to the last. Yes, these clinic days are representative of my typical practice. Just...

SAMHSA, Alternatives, and A Psychiatrist’s Despair over the State of American Science

In my last post on my Psychology Today blog, which I also publish here, I told of my experience speaking at the Alternatives conference...

SAMHSA, Alternatives, and the Story of an Opportunity Lost

In the last chapter of my book Anatomy of an Epidemic, I noted that if our society is going to stem the epidemic of...

October 6, 2010

Bob-- Yet another challenging day. I had two more patients today whose trajectories would relate perfectly to Anatomy of an Epidemic. The first was an 61...

Keeping Tabs on the Serotonin Theory of Depression

In 2008, Philip Cowen published an essay in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. His essay leads off with the provocative question, “Serotonin and Depression: Pathological...

Chapter One: Journeying Back to Self

This blog is an attempt to make sense of what brought me into the world of psychiatry as a child and of where it...

September 25, 2010

Bob-- My brain is still buzzing from my second day back in the trenches. My final patient today was a middle-aged woman who...

September 21, 2010

Dear Bob: Today, fittingly, was a very psych heavy day at my clinic. I saw the whole gamut of patient situations, patients (and their conflicted...

September 18, 2010

Dear Robert, I just finished Anatomy of an Epidemic while on vacation. I am a family physician (and writer) practicing in Colorado.  For years, my practice...

Introducing Our Blog

Consider these findings: The antidepressant drugs, used to treat depression and many other mental disorders have limited effectiveness, they have significant side effects, and...

September 27, 2010

Bob-- I would guess that as I am typing this, you are in the midst of a spirited defense of your book at the conference....

And Now For the Rest of the Story

Check out the story that appeared on August 30 on CNN.com titled “Growing Up Bipolar,”  and the one  on August 31 in the New...

The STAR*D Scandal: A New Paper Sums It All Up

The story of how the STAR*D results were misreported has been coming together for some time now, step by step, and a paper recently...

Charlie Rose and the Mentally Ill Brain

On a recent PBS television show hosted by Charlie Rose on the "mentally ill brain," Columbia University's Jeffrey Lieberman presented a series of brain...

News Roundup From June

There are a number of bloggers that regularly send out news of the latest findings reported in psychiatric journals and other media, and I...

”Broken Brains” and “Beautiful Minds”

When I first interviewed Brandon Banks, in the spring of 2008, while researching Anatomy of an Epidemic, he had recently entered Elizabethtown Community College...

Medicating Children: A “Whistleblower’s Lawsuit” Raises a Novel Legal Question

In the past few years, a number of pharmaceutical companies have admitted to federal charges that they illegally marketed psychiatric medications for non-approved uses,...

Yet Another Disappointment: First Catie, and Now the 12-Month Results from TEOSS

The NIMH's CATIE trial of antipsychotics for adult schizophrenia is regularly understood to have shown that atypical antipsychotics are "no better" than the old...

Update on the Star*D Report

Two months ago, I wrote a post about a New Yorker article that reported that 67% of the depressed patients in the STAR*D trial...

A Schizophrenia Mystery Solved?

One of the enduring mysteries in schizophrenia research circles has been the disparity in outcomes between schizophrenia patients in "developing countries" and those in...

Time Magazine and Anatomy of an Epidemic

As I expected, Anatomy of an Epidemic is turning out to be a controversial book. A nice review in New Scientist magazine, a thrashing...

Hypotheses, Scientific Evidence, and On Being Compared to an AIDS Denier

In today’s Boston Globe (April 14), Dr. Dennis Rosen, a pediatric lung and sleep specialist at Children’s Hospital in Boston, reviews my new book,...

Story-Telling in the Age of Corporate Medicine (or more on being called an AIDS...

As a journalist, I long have been fascinated by reporting on the storytelling forces within American medicine that create societal understanding of the merits...

Fact Checking the New Yorker, Part Two

In his March 1 article in the New Yorker, Louis Menand wrote that the NIMH's STAR*D trial showed that antidepressants produced a 67% recovery...

Fact Checking the New Yorker

In the March 1 issue of the New Yorker, Louis Menand surveyed the topsy-turvy world of treatments for depression, writing in part of the...

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