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...

The Coming Tsunami of Mental Health Care for ‘Boomers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?”

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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

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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....