Sunday, October 2, 2022

Minimal Medication Alternatives for Psychosis Needed

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

Psychotherapy Can Prevent Relapse When Discontinuing Antidepressants

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“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

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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

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

Anticholinergic Medications Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Another Failed Study of “Personalized” Depression Treatment

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

Keys to Successful Discontinuation of Antipsychotic Medication

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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

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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

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

New Research Questions Safety of Esketamine for Depression

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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

Suicide Rates Did Not Decrease When Antidepressant Drugs Were Introduced

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Researchers investigate the claim that the introduction of antidepressant drugs led to decreases in suicide rates internationally.

Increasing Numbers of Children Prescribed Multiple Psychiatric Medications

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According to researchers, children are being increasingly prescribed multiple different psychiatric medications.

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