BJP Announces “The End of the Psychopharmacological Revolution”

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The editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, in a comment on Morrison et al.'s "Antipsychotics: is it Time to Introduce Patient Choice," announces...

Social Phobia is Not a Neuropsychological Deficit

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida, saying "there are relatively few existing studies examining neuropsychological functioning in social phobia," found no difference across...

Only One in Seven Authors Disclose Conflict of Interest

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Researchers from Harvard and the University of Melbourne identified physicians and scientists who had financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies named as defendants in U.S....

Antipsychotics for Childhood “Behavioral Problems” Skyrocket

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Researchers from Columbia University and other New York institutions found a dramatically increasing use of antipsychotics to treat ADHD and other behavioral problems in...

Authors of BJP Editorial Critical of Antipsychotics Urge Reader Comment

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The authors of a recent editorial in the British Journal of Psychiatry that urges a rethinking of the use of antipsychotics are asking that readers...

Is Exercise Best for Depression?

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Time magazine reviews the evidence on exercise for depression, finding that exercise alters brain chemistry such that the brain shows less stress in response...

Pharma Execs Barred from Federal Programs

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Three former executives from Purdue Pharma have been barred by a federal appeals court from doing business with federal healthcare programs such as Medicare...

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...

Consumer Reports Recommends Against Antipsychotics for Depression

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Consumer Reports recommends against antipsychotic "augmentation therapy" for depression. The consumer watchdog magazine finds that the unproven efficacy, harmful side effects, availability of alternatives,...

British Journal of Psychiatry Editorial Urges Rethinking the Use of Antipsychotics

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The August issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry offers an editorial stating that, as "mental health services appear to have overestimated the strength...

Why Implausible Theories Persist in Evidence-Based Research.

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David Weinberg writes in Science-Based Medicine that implausible theories must be held to a higher standard of proof in evidence-based research. In a review...

Former Drug Reviewer Speaks Out About FDA Failures

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TruthOut interviews a former drug reviewer for the Center For Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, who says the center "placed the nation...

Antidepressant is Toxic to Fungus

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Zoloft isn't just for depression any more; it also kills fungal meningitis. Researchers from Texas A&M find that "The problem for many current antifungal...

Clinical Judgment, Evidence-Based Medicine, and Psychiatry

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Longtime critic of psychiatry Giovanni Fava comments, in what he refers to as "probably the most radical criticism of evidence-based medicine so far," on the "increasing...

Improved Neural Development in Children Moved from Institutional Care

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Researchers from Harvard, Tulane, the University of Maryland and Boston Children's hospital compared MRI and EEG scans of 20 normally developing Romanian children with...

Increased Risk of Heart Defects with SSRIs

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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

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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

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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

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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?”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...