Tuesday, December 6, 2022

What Animal Research Says About Sexual Side-effects of SSRIs

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A group of researchers in Denmark examines what existing animal studies can tell us about the sexual side-effects of SSRI antidepressants.

Olanzapine Can Cause Serious Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

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The US FDA has issued a new warning for the atypical antipsychotic Olanzapine, also known by the brand names Zyprexa and Symbyax. The agency...

Pharmaceutical Industry Gifts Linked to Costlier Prescribing Practices

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New study finds that pharmaceutical industry gifts to medical providers in Washington D.C. are associated with higher cost, higher volume prescribing behavior.

“California Courts Step Up Oversight of Psychotropic Medication Use in Foster Care”

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The Mercury News reports that California’s judicial council is taking major steps to address the rampant use of psychiatric drugs in foster care. The...

Antidepressant Use May Increase Risk of Diabetes

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New study confirms previous evidence that antidepressant use is linked to developing type 2 diabetes.

Violence Caused by Antidepressants: An Update after Munich  

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The media is now reporting details about the 18-year-old who shot and killed nine and wounded many others before killing himself on July 22 in Munich. My clinical and forensic experience leads to a distinction among people who murder under the influence of psychiatric drugs. Those who kill only one or two people, or close family members, often have little or no history of mental disturbance and violent tendencies. The drug itself seems like the sole cause of the violent outburst. On the other hand, most of those who commit mass violence while taking psychiatric drugs often have a long history of mental disturbance and sometimes violence. For these people, the mental health system seems to have provoked increasing violence without recognizing the danger.

NSUN is Advocating for a Rights-Based Mental Health Act

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The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) has expressed concerns about the UK government's plans to reform the Mental Health Act, as the government's current approach...

The Mental Health Act Review: Everything Remains the Same

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From Tales from the Madhouse: On May 1st, the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act published a 60-page interim report. The report makes it clear that no...

How my Experience With Psychiatry Traumatized me

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In this piece for Youth Ki Awaaz, Nibu Augustine recounts his traumatic experiences with psychiatry and the mental health system, including forced drugging and adverse...

How do we Know if a Drug Actually Works?

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From Scientific American: The effectiveness of a particular medical treatment is often highly subjective and dependent on each individual's definition of the term "effective." Many...

Rethinking Public Safety – The Case for 100% Voluntary

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It is time to create an entirely voluntary psychiatric system. International conscience is clear. The singling out of people with psychosocial disabilities is not worthy of a free society. There are better, safer ways to address legitimate public needs.

Psychiatric Medications Heighten Risk for Major Bone Fractures

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Important assessment tool found to underestimate the risk for fracture in patients on psychiatric medication.

Psychiatry is a Disaster Area in Healthcare That Needs Attention

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In this piece for The BMJ, Dr. Peter Gøtzsche points out several of the major problems with the drug-based paradigm of psychiatric care as well as...

New Medications Fail to Show Efficacy for Alzheimer’s Disease

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Three phase III clinical trials assessing the efficacy of Lundbeck’s investigational drug idalopirdine for Alzheimer’s disease have failed

Study Finds Excess Pills Prescribed for Post-Operative Pain

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Researchers find that patients are prescribed more pills than necessary after common surgical procedures

Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death, Study Finds

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Antidepressants are commonly considered safe and effective treatments. However, research has questioned their efficacy, and now, their safety.
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Informed Consent, or Lack Thereof in My Psychiatric Experience

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After telling my psychotherapist about my medication-fueled suicidal ideation, he said, “You have two options. We can do this either voluntarily or involuntarily.” Aghast and shaken, but assuming everyone in the medical system had my best interests at heart, I reluctantly agreed to go to the hospital without any protest.

$8 Million Awarded to Family Of Man Who Died in Risperdal Trial

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A California jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical and a psychiatrist were responsible for the death of 25-year-old Leo Liu. During a clinical trial for Risperdal, Liu died of a heart injury that was “further complicated” by the drug and ignored by the study doctors. Janssen was found 70% responsible for Liu’s death and ordered to pay $5.6 million to the family.

We Need to Talk About Frankie

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In this piece for The Cut, Dyan Neary details the story of Frankie Perry, a man whose life was forever altered by being prescribed an...

“French Drug Trial had Three Major Failings”

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The drug trial that led to the death of one participant and brain damage to several others last month had three major shortcomings, according...

Medical Interventions Are Overused Worldwide

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Lack of “right care” causes physical, psychological and financial harm to patients

“Electric Shock Therapy Led to Sunderland Patient Having Permanent Fit”

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Update: Elsie Tindle has sadly passed away after a forced electroshock treatment triggered an epileptic fit and permanent brain damage. The psychiatrist, Eugene van...

Researchers Discover How Antipsychotics Lead To Parkinsonism

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A new study published this month in the journal Neuron identifies the mechanism by which antipsychotic drugs can induce parkinsonism, a condition involving movement...

Dear Scott Gottlieb: Add New Warnings to Paxil Labels

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From STAT: Scott Gottlieb, Trump's pick to lead the FDA, should consider pursuing a stronger warning label for the antidepressant Paxil. Paxil's label currently does...

Are Antidepressants and Psychotherapy Really Equally Effective for Depression?

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A recent review of the evidence by the American College of Physicians (ACP) determined that cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants had similar levels of effectiveness for the treatment of depression. In a critical commentary for the Journal of Mental Health, however, Michael Sugarman from Wayne State University challenges these findings. Pointing to differences in research settings and clinical practice, Sugarman asserts that “these head-to-head comparisons are heavily biased in the direction of psychiatric care.”

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