Thursday, July 7, 2022

Less Than a Quarter of Those with Depression Respond to Treatment in Real Life

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In a real-world setting, less than a quarter of patients diagnosed with depression improved with medication, hospitalization, and therapy.

Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Improve Disease or Reduce Mortality

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Nassir Ghaemi: “Most psychiatric medications are purely symptomatic, with no known or proven effect on the underlying disease. They are like 50 variations of aspirin, used for fever or headache, rather than drugs that treat the causes of fever or headache.”

Jock McLaren – The Biopsychosocial Model is a Mirage, Time for a Biocognitive Model?

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Dr. Niall McLaren joins us to talk of his experiences working in Australian psychiatry and explains why the models that purport to guide psychiatric diagnosis and treatment are not what they seem.
Man closely examing instructions on prescription medications

Antidepressant-Induced Serotonin Syndrome a Danger for the Elderly

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Researchers found that 25% of elderly patients taking antidepressants had serotonin syndrome, which is potentially life-threatening.

Industry Corruption in Systematic Review for Injectable Antipsychotics

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Researchers highlight how systematic reviews are compromised by pharmaceutical industry ties by exposing a study of injectable antipsychotics.

Stimulants Don’t Improve Academic Performance in Kids with ADHD

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“Efforts to improve learning in children with ADHD should focus on obtaining effective academic instruction rather than stimulant medication.”
Scowling teenage boy holding up pills sealed in blister packs in his hand as he leans on a wooden table with an intense stare

Risk of Depression Spikes When Kids Take Ritalin

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Risk of depression increased when children were taking methylphenidate for ADHD, but once they stopped taking the drug, depression risk dropped to normal levels.
Bruce Cohen

The Failings of “Mental Health”: How a Seemingly Benign Concept Might be Dangerous

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MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Bruce Cohen about dismissive psychiatrists, pervasive psychiatry, and the field's ties to neoliberal capitalism.

Bringing Integrative Community Therapy to Pittsburgh: An Interview with Alice and Kenneth Thompson

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Father and daughter Ken and Alice Thompson run the Visible Hands Collaborative, bringing Integrative Community Therapy to the US.

Research Explores the Experience of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

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A new study reveals many benzodiazepine users are misinformed about the risks of withdrawal and experience devastating consequences.

How to Distinguish Antidepressant Withdrawal from Relapse

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Mark Horowitz and David Taylor provide advice on how to tell the difference between antidepressant withdrawal and depression relapse.

Did Psychiatry Ever Endorse the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression?

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With the chemical imbalance theory falling out of fashion, researchers examine the claim that psychiatry never truly endorsed it.
Image of a young girl looking at a handful of antidepressants.

Antidepressants Do Not Improve Quality of Life

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A new study found that taking antidepressants did not improve quality of life.
Bored young man, staring out the train window on a rainy, grey and dull day

Patient Reports Reveal SSRI Antidepressants Often Lead to Emotional Blunting

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According to patient reports, SSRI antidepressants most frequently lead to the subjective experience of emotional blunting.

Psych Concepts Creep Into Our Everyday Experiences: An Interview with Nicholas Haslam

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MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Nicholas Haslam about how psychiatric terms get diluted and creep into everyday language, altering our experiences.

Psychiatric Drugs Increase Dementia Risk Threefold After COVID in 65+ Population

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Hospitalized COVID patients over 65 were three times as likely to receive a dementia diagnosis if they took psychiatric drugs.

Many Service Users Interested in Decreasing Antipsychotic Use with Professional Help

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New research examines service user attitudes on discontinuing and reducing antipsychotic drugs.

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed Without Informed Consent

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New research reveals that patients are often not given fully informed consent before being prescribed antipsychotics.

Antipsychotics Worsen Cognitive Functioning in First-Episode Psychosis

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Withholding antipsychotics may be beneficial for memory, the researchers write.
Girl, looking confused, holding pill bottle

Official Guidelines on Antidepressant Discontinuation Fail Practitioners and Patients

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A review of clinical practice guidelines for antidepressant discontinuation from across the English-speaking world reveals major pitfalls.
Doctor welcoming a patient

How Providers Can Support Psychiatric Drug Discontinuation

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Supportive patient-practitioner relationships are crucial to the successful discontinuation of psychiatric medication.
Depression related documents and drugs

Shifting Away from ECT and Antidepressants for Depression

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Researchers argue that we need a paradigm shift away from the biomedical model of mental illness to one informed by political action and common sense.

Negative Antidepressant Trials Still Unlikely to Be Published

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Antidepressant trials with negative results are still more likely than not to either be misleadingly spun as positive or unpublished.
Doctor attentively examines the MRI scan of the patient.

SSRI Antidepressants Do Not Improve Depression After a Stroke

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A study in JAMA Neurology finds that antidepressants do not reduce depression symptoms more than placebo in patients recovering from a stroke.
guy holding pill

New Review: Antidepressants Come with Minimal Benefits, Several Risks

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A review of research on antidepressant efficacy finds that an unfavorable risk-to-benefit ratio.

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