Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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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).

Chapter Six: A Disease of Dis-Ease, and New Hope for a Cure

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On the day I arrived as a freshman at Harvard in the fall of 2001, I dropped my belongings in my dorm room, said...

´╗┐January 31, 2011

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Bob-- Today, I saw an intelligent and sarcastic teenage boy for renewal of his Adderall. He presented with his well-meaning but frustrated father, who is...

´╗┐Speaking at MGH Grand Rounds, and More

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As many readers of this blog may know, I spoke at the psychiatric departmentÔÇÖs Grand Rounds at Massachusetts General Hospital on January 13, which...

´╗┐January 17, 2011

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Bob-- About a month ago, I started caring for a fifty-five year old Filipino woman. She speaks English well, though with a heavy accent. She...

´╗┐Antipsychotics and the Scientific Method

In a recent article in the New Yorker, titled, The Truth Wears Off, science writer Jonah Lehrer discusses an intriguing problem in science. The...

´╗┐January 7, 2011

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Bob-- This is the twentieth letter that I'll be posting on your website. I thought I'd use the occasion to reflect on what I've observed...

´╗┐Psychiatric Drugs and Violence: A Review of FDA Data Finds A Link

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There has been an enduring controversy over whether psychiatric medications can trigger violent actions toward others. A review of the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting...

´╗┐December 22, 2010

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Bob-- Many cases I have shared with you have been interactions with patients who are seeking a healthier way of dealing with mood disorders, or...

´╗┐December 15, 2010

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Bob-- I saw a thirty-four year old woman today for a follow-up visit regarding post-partum depression. She delivered her second child two months ago, and...

Chapter Five: Filling the Void

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When I returned to boarding school in the fall of my junior year, I brought with me not just duffel bags of clothes, athletic...

´╗┐December 6, 2010

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Bob- I saw a sixteen-year old girl for a sports physical today. She plays softball for the local high school and also is on the...

´╗┐Updates on the Epidemic

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HereÔÇÖs a rundown of a hodgepodge of studies that IÔÇÖve come across recently that relate to themes I wrote about in Anatomy of an...

´╗┐Do Psychiatric Drugs Impair Normal Brain Development?

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At the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which was held in San Diego from November 13-17, four poster presentations told of...

´╗┐The GlaxoSmithKline Ghostwriting Documents, Part Two

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On Tuesday, the New York Times reported on how SmithKline Beecham paid a marketing company, Scientific Therapeutics Information (STI), to ghostwrite a medical textbook...

Chapter Four: Eye of the Storm

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I settled into my new life in the fall of my sophomore year at a co-ed boarding school in Western Massachusetts and was convinced...

´╗┐A Ghostwritten Psychiatric Textbook Hints at a Much Larger Problem

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The report by the New York Times today that a 1999 medical text authored by Dr. Charles Nemeroff and by Dr. Alan Schatzberg was...

´╗┐November 26, 2010

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Bob-- Very interesting case today, a forty-six year-old woman, new patient, overweight, and very pleasant. She is someone who, at first glance, I never would...

´╗┐Volunteers for Psychotherapy Is A Finalist for International Award

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Volunteers for Psychotherapy, which is located in Hartford, Connecticut, and has for years run an innovative program that gets clients involved in community programs,...

Chapter Three: At War With A Diagnosis

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Note: In this third entry, it is still early on in my story. It is the fall of my ninth grade year, I am...

´╗┐November 11, 2010

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Bob-- Today, I saw a bright, athletic lacrosse player who is a high school sophomore. She was seeing me to follow up on a mild...

´╗┐November 1, 2010

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Bob-- Since we've started posting these letters, I've had a number of readers responding to me and asking about my strategies for withdrawal. As you...

´╗┐November 9, 2010

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Bob-- Today, I saw a very friendly, highly intelligent (she has a PhD in economics) and overweight 34 year old woman for a refill of...

´╗┐The Successful Creation of a Societal Delusion . . . and the Increase in...

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Ever since the revised edition of DSM III was published in 1987, the psychiatric establishment in the United States -- i.e., the American Psychiatric...

´╗┐November 4, 2010

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Bob-- Today, I saw a healthy, strapping young man, 28 years old and an avid recreational softball player. He is a former college athlete and...

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