Sunday, May 31, 2020

Increased Risk of Heart Defects with SSRIs

Danish research found a significantly increased risk of congenital heart defects in both the 4,183 pregnancies exposed to SSRIs throughout the first trimester and the...

Bleuler’s Continued Legacy

This month's Neuropsychobiology reviews, in two articles, the continued legacy of Eugen Bleuler - originator of the term "schizophrenia."  An article from Switzerland states that...

Antipsychotics Not Helpful for Anorexia

A review of all research on the use of antipsychotics for the treatment of anorexia nervosa found no demonstrable efficacy in terms of body...

ADHD in DSM-5: Lower Specificity, Increased Rates

Research from Iran points out that "there is no empirical literature about the American Psychiatry Association proposed new diagnostic criteria for attention deficit disorder."...

“The Disease Entity in Psychiatry: Fact or Fiction?”

In the context of the debate concerning revisions of the DSM and ICD, an article in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences offers "an overview of...

Nurses Confront the Myths of Psychiatric Drugs

The July issue of Nursing Ethics takes on the myths of psychiatric drugs, saying that "psychiatric drugs are used only to control ‘patient’ behaviour...

Department of Defense Reveals Forced Drugging of Detainees

A report from the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Defense, obtained by Truthout under a Freedom of Information Act request, confirms that...

Mad in America Blogger Elected President of NAMI

Keris Jan Myrick, a Mad in America blogger, as well as president and CEO of Pasadena-based Project Return Peer Support Network, has been elected president of...

Self-Esteem Deficits Predict Paranoia & Positive Symptoms

Researchers from Indiana University find, in a study of 57 individuals with schizophrenia diagnoses, that "decreases in self-esteem at any given time point were...

Individualism a Risk Factor for Depression

Findings from a survey of 6,082 individuals, designed to explore racial and ethnic differences in mental disorders, reinforce the relationship between social support and...

The Coming Tsunami of Mental Health Care for ‘Boomers

A report released yesterday by the Institute of Medicine, at the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says "at least...

Expressed Emotion in Families of 1-year-old Children

This study, in Child: Care, Health and Development, adds to the research that "high levels of expressed emotion (EE) in parents have been found...

Sickness Absence From Work: More Anxiety Than Otherwise

Norwegian, Australian and U.K. researchers find, in a study of 13,436 community members, linked with official records of sickness absence from work (SA), that...

Beliefs About Psychosis Predict Engagement With Therapy, and Outcomes

A study by U.K. researchers finds that patients with schizophrenia diagnoses are more likely to engage in therapy and to experience positive outcomes when...

Integrating Mental Health and Development in Nepal

PLoS Medicine's series on Global Mental Health Practice looks at the BasicNeeds model of Mental Health and Development. BasicNeeds is comprised of five key...

New Zealand Asks: “How is Your Antidepressant Working For You?”

Researchers at Auckland University have launched a study that "positions the people who are prescribed antidepressants as the experts" and which aims at asking...

Almost No Nursing Homes Meet Federal Standards for Antipsychotic Use

The Office of the Inspector General finds that 99.5% of nursing facilities in the United States are non-compliant regarding federal regulations concerning antipsychotic use....

Antidepressants, Not Alcohol, Implicated in Mary Kennedy Suicide

When Mary R. Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., committed suicide last May, initial speculation centered around the possible contribution of...

Relabeling “Antidepressants”

Do "the medications we call antidepressants justify the label of antidepressant?" So ask Davids Antonuccio and Healy in Scientifica. "On all of the identified...

The “BioPsychoSocialSpiritual” Model of Mental Health

Andrew Weil writes about the history of the biomedical model, the rise of neurotransmitter-based theories of psychology, the proliferation of both mental health professionals...

Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes Divorce: Psychiatry & Scientology Face Off?

The competing rubrics of Scientology and Psychiatry, as seen in the context of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' divorce, gets a hearing on Fox...

Robert Reich Blogs on the Glaxo Penalty

Robert Reich, professor of public policy at Berkeley and former secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, analyzes the impact of the $3 billion...

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