Healing From Psychiatric Drug Harm, Part 1: First Steps

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I needed to teach my nervous system, via different types of neuromuscular reeducation, that it was safe to move again. Before I could walk, I had to crawl, literally.
3D illustration of a bunch of red and white pills labeled "ADHD"

Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 9: ADHD (Part Two)

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Peter Gøtzsche discusses the results of the MTA study on ADHD drugs and the misleading statements textbooks make about ADHD treatment.
Top View of Girl Sits on Bed with Scattered Pills. Little Child Sitting on Gray Badcover Near Opened Packing of Medicines Keeps Head with Hands. Unhappy Childhood Concept

Antidepressants Increase Suicide Attempts in Youth; No Preventative Effect

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Researchers find that SSRIs increase suicide attempts up to age 24, and have no preventative effect at any age, even for those at high risk of suicide.

How to Advocate Effectively for Loved Ones Harmed by Psychiatric Drugs

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An advocate in the psychiatric realm is a key witness for the patient and his or her experience, and carries a weight that the doctor cannot easily ignore.
Pills against a brown background. The word "ADHD" is beneath.

Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 9: ADHD (Part One)

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Peter Gøtzsche discusses the broadening of ADHD diagnostic criteria and the misleading and biased stimulant drug trials.

Call for Retraction of Fraudulent Trial Reports of Antidepressants in Children

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From Institute for Scientific Freedom: Peter Gøtzsche and 10 people who lost either a child or spouse to suicide after being prescribed an antidepressant have written an open letter to JAACAP and JAMA Psychiatry.
A child playing with pills

Driving Our Children into Suicide with Escitalopram and Other Happy Pills

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The Lexapro study is marketing dressed up as science. It represents a flagrant abuse of ethics, deceiving readers at the cost of children's lives.

Most States Received a D or F Grade on Maternal Mental Health. It Could...

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From CNN: Nearly every U.S. state is neglecting access to maternal mental health care, and experts fear the situation could get worse as more states severely restrict or ban abortion.

Lexapro for Children: Drug With No Meaningful Benefit and Increased Suicidality Gets FDA Approval

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Response and remission rates were the same in the drug versus placebo groups, and Lexapro increased suicidality sixfold.

Giving Caregivers a Platform: Sam, Husband of Ka’ryn Marie

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For many caregivers who assist their loved ones, the journey involves navigating the medical system and its many challenges. This time, the journey takes...

Wounded Children Are Running the World: Our Inner Child and Political Activism

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From Kindred Media: Psychologist Robin Grille, author of Parenting for a Peaceful World and Inner Child Journeys, explains how our inner children run the show when we as adults don't pay attention to them.

My Sister Lucy’s Death and Life: Picturing an Alternate Timeline of Recovery

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I’ll never forget standing beside my sister Lucy as she was strapped to a gurney during a midnight admission to an E.R. in Cambridge, Mass.

‘We Have a Neck’: Psychiatrist James Greenblatt on The Links Between Body and Brain

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James Greenblatt is an innovator and longtime authority in the fields of integrative medicine and functional psychiatry, focusing on nutrition and other natural modes...

A Son Died, His Parents Tried to Sue. How U.S. Courts Protect Big Pharma

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From Reuters: Merck’s best-selling asthma medicine, Singulair, has been linked for years to suicides and psychiatric problems, often in children. But lawsuits over the drug are stymied by one of Corporate America’s most effective liability shields: the doctrine of federal preemption.

Challenging Western-Centric Child Psychology: An Interview with Nandita Chaudhary

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Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Nandita Chaudhary about children’s lives across cultures, the problems with global aid agencies and their interventions, psychology’s bias in the study of children, the limits of attachment theory and more.

Emotions Are Not Bad Behavior

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From The Natural Child Project/Robin Grille: Time and time again, children are heavily reprimanded for committing the offence of crying or being angry.

Q&A: How Can We See ADHD From Another Angle, and What Can We Do...

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We all want to help our kids or our students, and sometimes finding the right key to unlock a child’s gifts is a matter of time, patience, trial, and error.

‘The Invisible Cage Called Freedom’: My Work, My Kids, My Mental Health

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I see my 3-year-old’s innocent smile as she plays and rides her tricycle, and I can’t help but feel sad and worried about my daughters’...

Agony of Families Who Say Pills for Depression Led Their Children to Take Their...

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From The Daily Mail: The knowledge that pills that are supposed to prevent suicidal feelings may actually be the cause of a loved one's suicide can only exacerbate survivors' pain.
Red and white pills have spilled from a crystal dish along with red liquid

Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Eight)

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Researchers have again and again demonstrated that depression pills double suicides both in children and adults.

Podcast: The Rise in Forced Treatment and Abusive Guardianships

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From PsychCentral: Often well-meaning family members are trying to 'help' by having their loved one force-treated, but they end up traumatizing and permanently damaging them instead.

NIMH’s It-girls: The Genain Quadruplets and the Whiteness of Psychiatry

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The poster-children of psychiatric genetics, who endured abuse throughout their lives, were also the product of a racist culture.

Why Are So Many Girls on SSRIs?

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From Girls/Freya India: We are kidding ourselves if we think condensing every emotion into something diagnosable and solvable with consumption isn’t doing profound psychological damage to Gen Z.

Children Are Vulnerable Cogs in the Psychiatric Machine

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My guardian decided to seek out “professional” advice about how to diminish my “outbursts.” I was perceived as a problem that needed to be extinguished into a compliant state.

Changing Brains, Changing Minds: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and the Marital Relationship

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As family support people for those caught in the mental health system, our job is to mitigate as much of the trauma as we can.