Psychiatry is “Committing Professional Suicide”

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David Healy "likened psychiatry‚Äôs attitude toward its faltering legitimacy to the Vatican‚Äôs widely derided response to its child sex abuse scandal by priests ‚ÄĒ...

Nursing Home Director Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Medicating Residents With Psychotropic...

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The former director of a California nursing home has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for inappropriate medication of 23 individuals. All of...

Excessive Mood & Behavior Arousal in Juveniles Treated with Antidepressants

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In a study of 6,767 reports of antidepressant trials in juveniles treated for depressive and anxiety disorders, the risk of psychopathological behavioral or mood...

Tension Over Clinical Trial Data Disclosure Escalates

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Pharmalot reviews the escalating tension over clinical trial data disclosure. The PhRMA trade group has come out in opposition to AllTrials, a petition drive...

Lawyers Review Claims for SSRI Birth Defects

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As the number of SSRI birth defect lawsuits climbs to the point that hundreds are being consolidated in a massive class action in the...

Joint Crisis Planning Results in Clinically Reasonable Choices

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Analysis of 221 joint crisis plans for people with diagnoses of psychotic disorders and at least one psychiatric admission in the past two years,...

We Believe Drugs with Simpler Names are Less Hazardous

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People tend to strongly believe that pharmaceutical drugs with simpler and easier-to-pronounce names have fewer dangerous side effects, according to a study in the...

ADHD Stimulant Use Again Strongly Linked to School Accountability

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Wealthier children are more likely to take stimulants only during the school year and not during the summer, according to a study in American...

Military Court Hears Arguments Re: Chantix-Related Murder Defense

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Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces heard arguments on Tuesday for the defense of former Army paratrooper George D.B....

Depression Discrimination More Severe in High Income Countries

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According to a study published in this month’s British Journal of Psychiatry, people diagnosed with depression in high-income countries are more likely to limit...

U.K. Antidepressant Prescriptions Rise 9% in 2011

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Almost 50 million prescriptions for antidepressants were issued in the U.K. in 2011, a rise of 9% over 2010. The increase is attributed, at...

Pfizer Settles First of 2,600 Claims Regarding Chantix and Suicide

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After failing to win a postponement earlier this week, Pfizer settled with the widow of Minnesota man who suicided while using the stop-smoking drug...

Child Abuse/Psychosis Link Not Genetic

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Although psychosis is more common in the parents of people with psychosis than those without, the difference cannot be attributed to genetics, research from...

One-quarter of Ohio-area Children With Down Syndrome Are Being Prescribed Psychotropics

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The odds of a child with Downs Syndrome being on a psychotropic medication increase steadily with age.

Janssen to Pay $11M for Failure to Warn of Topamax Birth Defects

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A Philadelphia jury yesterday ordered Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen to pay $11 million to the parents of a five-year-old boy for failure to warn...

Both Older and Younger Parental Age Linked to Mental Health

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Recent research has focused on a seemingly high rate of psychiatric disorders in the offspring of older fathers.  New research in JAMA Psychiatry, using...

Are DNA Changes the Link Between Poverty and Mental Illness?

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Researchers at Duke University who studied 183 adolescents for three years found that increased depression associated with poverty may be mediated by epigenetic changes in DNA. The...

America Becoming Divided Nation of Have-more and Have-less Mental Health Care?

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A report and national map showed which US states have been implementing new Medicaid provisions that buttress mental health care access, and which states haven't.

“Special K” as Antidepressant: Short-term Gain; Long-term ?

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Ketamine (known in social circles as "Special K") has been touted as a rapid-acting and "profound" treatment for depression. The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing...

Body of Missing Man Found; Paxil Withdrawal Blamed

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The body of 78 year-old Bob Farthing, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found in the back seat of his car Friday evening.  "He...

Maternal Skin-to Skin Contact Affects Long-Term Development

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Israeli researchers find that maternal skin-to-skin contact with pre-term infants are related to "dynamic cascades of child physiological regulation and parental provisions in shaping...

Jury Awards $3M to Family of 5-Year-Old With Topamax-Related Birth Defects

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A Pennsylvania jury awarded $3 million to the family of a 5-year-old born with cleft palate and lip as a result of the mother...

Parent Marijuana Use Associated With Substance Use in Children

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A new study examines longitudinal, intergenerational patterns associated with marijuana use.

Pfizer Settles Chantix Lawsuit: Keeps CEO Off the Stand

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One week before its court date, Pfizer settled with plaintiff Billy G. Bedsole Jr., who claims that Chantix triggered his suicidal thoughts and other...

Pfizer to Pay $325M for False Neurontin Marketing

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After ten years of litigation, Pfizer has agreed to pay $325 million for marketing its anticonvulsant Neurontin for unapproved purposes.  The settlement comes six...