Sunday, June 20, 2021
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Barriers to Shared Decision Making in the Prescription of Antipsychotics

Researchers push for a renewed focus on true shared decision-making for patients diagnosed with psychosis.

No, the FDA’s Black Box Warning Did not Increase Suicides

Researchers again debunk the claim that the FDA black box warnings on antidepressants led to more suicides.

Minimal Medication Alternatives for Psychosis Needed

Researchers question the long-term use of antipsychotics and suggest increased research and investment in psychosocial interventions.

Psychotherapy Can Prevent Relapse When Discontinuing Antidepressants

“Short and simple psychological programs can prevent people from relapsing when they stop their antidepressants.”

Responsibility Without Blame in Therapeutic Communities: Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

Hanna Pickard on the elusive middle ground between personal responsibility and systemic factors in our understandings of addiction.

Allen Frances Takes on the Over-Prescription of Antidepressants

The prominent psychiatrist explores why antidepressants remain highly overprescribed and offers solutions to the problem.

Anticholinergic Medications Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia

Researchers have found further evidence that the anticholinergic effect of psychiatric drugs can lead to cognitive impairments.

Ethical Issues Raised Over FDA Collaboration with Biogen on Failed Drug

The FDA collaborated with Biogen to conduct repeated re-analyses of aducanumab for Alzheimer's and FDA committee members are raising concerns.

Study Confirms Overdiagnosis of ADHD in Children and Teens

Medical researchers present evidence that ADHD is overdiagnosed in children and teens, which can lead to significant harm.

Antidepressants Not Clinically Useful for Back Pain

While professional guidelines recommend antidepressants for back pain, researchers point out the lack of evidence for their usefulness.

Cochrane Review Calls for More Research on Antidepressant Withdrawal

Researchers find a lack of current literature on safe, effective ways to manage antidepressant withdrawal and make suggestions for future research.

Stimulant Prescribing Patterns for ADHD Not Impacted by Scientific Evidence

The article suggests that research challenging the evidence for ADHD drugs does not lead to changes without public campaigns.

Lack of Guidance Available for Discontinuing Psychiatric Drugs

A new article discusses the lack of research dedicated to discontinuing psychiatric drugs and reviews existing strategies.

Internet Forum for Tapering Psychiatric Drugs Provides Novel Insights

After 15 years, the founder of SurvivingAntidepressants.org, Adele Framer, shares what she has learned about the science of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

Antidepressant Withdrawal Misdiagnosed as Functional Disorder

Adverse physiological symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal are regularly mistaken to be other problems to the detriment of the patient.

Antidepressants Still Linked to Increased Suicide Risk

Bias and financial conflicts in antidepressant trials “contribute to systematic underestimation of risk in the published literature.”

Another Failed Study of “Personalized” Depression Treatment

Due to lackluster antidepressant study results, researchers test if subgroups of depressed patients show greater improvement.

Keys to Successful Discontinuation of Antipsychotic Medication

Qualitative study finds that both internal resources and systemic factors play a role in antipsychotic discontinuation outcomes.

Recovery Rate Six Times Higher For Those Who Stop Antipsychotics Within Two Years

People with "serious mental illness" who stop taking antipsychotics are more likely to recover, even when accounting for baseline severity.

Researchers Document Protracted Withdrawal from Antidepressants

Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome characterized by long-term adverse experiences after coming off of antidepressants.

New Research Questions Safety of Esketamine for Depression

An analysis of FDA adverse event reports related to esketamine shows the potential for negative effects such as suicidal and self-injurious ideation.

Researchers: “Antidepressants Should Be Avoided in Bipolar Depression”

New research finds that antidepressants are not effective for bipolar disorder and can worsen symptoms of mania.

Facebook Groups Provide Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Help When Doctors Don’t

A new study looks at how online communities provide information and support for patients experiencing psychiatric drug withdrawal.

Psychosocial Disability Rights and Digital Mental Health: An Interview with Piers Gooding

MIA's Emaline Friedman interviews legal scholar Piers Gooding on his work on disability rights and digital mental health technologies.

Listening to the Patient Voice: The Antidepressant Withdrawal Experience

Patient advocates join with researchers and service users to present first-hand experiences of antidepressant withdrawal.

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