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).

Chapter Nineteen: Playing the Part

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In the months following my five-year high school reunion in the summer of 2006, I drifted about in a sea of indistinguishable days. Amidst...

ï»żAnswering the Critics: Let’s Roll the Tape (Again)

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This past summer, Behavioral Healthcare ran a two-part interview with me about my book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. This stirred William Glazer, a well-known...

Answering the Critics: The Carlat Psychiatry Blog

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Daniel Carlat, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University, wrote a two-part review of Anatomy of an Epidemic on January 21 and...

Chapter Eighteen: Sentenced to Life

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A few weeks after my college graduation in the summer of 2006, my five-year high school reunion was upon me. I had expended a...

Healing the Body and Mind

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My name is Mark Foster. I am a family physician and writer from Colorado, and the co-Founder and president of a new non-profit called...

ï»żA Rorschach Test for Psych Drugs

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On October 23, the New York Times ran a very nice feature story about a Los Angeles woman, Keris Myrick, who, even though she...

ï»żAnatomy of an Epidemic Down Under: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Disabling...

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During the past six months, I have traveled to a number of English speaking countries to speak about my book Anatomy of an Epidemic,...

ï»żSeptember 15, 2011

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Dear Bob-- As I share with patients my new perspectives on the ineffectiveness and potential harm of psychotropic drugs, I have found that many, even...

Chapter Seventeen: Commencing to Self-Destruct

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While my fellow ‘Class of 2006’ graduates celebrated with embraces and high-fives on Commencement Day, jumping excitedly into group photos with caps and gowns,...

Chapter Sixteen: Inside a House of Cards

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Dazed and confused, I was discharged from ‘The Haven’ in September of 2004 and entered an intensive outpatient day program (IOP) on the grounds...

ï»żAugust 4, 2011

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Dear Bob-- I saw a very nurturing woman a few months ago, quite obese, for the symptoms of chest pain and fatigue. She had been admitted...

ï»żIn Defense of Psychiatric Medications, Part Two

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Marcia Angell’s two-part essay in the New York Review of Books, which appeared in the June and July issues, has helped trigger a much-needed...

Chapter Fifteen: A Haven from Self

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A Note to the Reader: Thorough searches of my memory reserves have failed to provide me with a complete and detailed account of my...

ï»żJuly 12, 2011

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Dear Bob-- I want to share a case from this past week the reveals a disturbing misuse of stimulants in treating a poorly diagnosed case...

The New York Times’ Defense of Antidepressants

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The New York Times' Defense of Antidepressants Today, the New York Times published an op-ed essay by Peter Kramer titled "In Defense of Antidepressants" on...

ï»żNow Antidepressant-Induced Chronic Depression Has a Name: Tardive Dysphoria

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Three recently published papers, along with a report by a Minnesota group on health outcomes in that state, provide new reason to mull over...

Chapter Fourteen: Crossing the Threshold

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Although the drive to the psychiatric hospital in White Plains, New York, in September 2004 was a mere fifteen minutes from home, the trip...

ï»żDrug Companies ‘Just Say No’ to Psych Drugs

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The market for psychiatric drugs is, of course,  booming. In 2011, spending on psychiatric medications can expect to top $40 billion. Yet, in spite...

ï»żJune 27, 2011

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Dear Bob-- I have been working again, taking temporary assignments filling in for other physicians and working in urgent cares while I get my practice...

ï»żJune 17, 2011

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Bob-- Here is a letter that I wrote several months ago in response to an early reader of my blog here. She expressed concern about...

Chapter Thirteen: In the Muck and The Mire

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There I was on my first night of Outward Bound, lying under the big Texas sky in a little town called Redford, amidst waxy...

ï»żSumming Up the NIMH Trials: Evidence of an Effective Paradigm of Care?

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In the past 15 years, the NIMH has funded a number of major, multicenter trials of drug treatments for mental disorders in adults and...

Chapter Twelve: A Gift of Desperation

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By January of my junior year in college, I had reached my first true emotional bottom. Though surrounded by people on a daily basis...

ï»żAfter 25 Posts on this Website, Dr. Mark Foster is Terminated by his Employer

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On September 18, 2010, Mark Foster, a family physician in Littleton, Colorado, began his “Letters From the Front Lines” blog for this website. In...

Chapter Eleven: Teetering on the Edge

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Frantic, fearful, and desperate to get my life together, I returned to Cambridge in the middle of August to move into my off-campus apartment....