Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Type 2 Diabetes and Antidepressant Use: Is There a Causal Link?

From EndocrinologyAdvisor: A recent meta-analysis suggests that antidepressant drug use may increase patients' risk of diabetes. According to the lead investigator, over 1 million diabetes...
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Dogs and Serotonin

Lilly’s SSRI fluoxetine (more widely known as Prozac) was approved for canine use by the FDA and repackaged as ‘Reconcile’ for separation anxiety. The pharmaceutical industry has clear motives in targeting the lucrative pet market, with sales of pet meds expected to grow to $10.2 billion by 2018.

Sleep Deprivation is an Effective Anti-Depressant

From Science Blog: According to a new meta-analysis, sleep deprivation reduces symptoms in nearly half of depression patients. Partial sleep deprivation (sleep for three to...

Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death, Study Finds

Antidepressants are commonly considered safe and effective treatments. However, research has questioned their efficacy, and now, their safety.

Study Finds Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death

From the New York Post: A recent study found that taking antidepressant drugs increases the risk of death by 33 percent. Those who take antidepressants were...

Replacing Pain with Pain: Hazards of Antidepressant Use for Chronic Pain Relief

The paradox of relieving chronic pain with an antidepressant (and a new set of symptoms).

Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants

From The New York Times: The recent trial of Wendy Dolin, whose husband died of suicide after starting the antidepressant paroxetine, demonstrates our need for more...

The Most Promoted Drugs are Those with Little Therapeutic Value, Study Finds

Majority of top-selling and most promoted drugs in Canada are rated as having very limited safety and efficacy.

The Smartphone Psychiatrist

In this piece for The Atlantic, David Dobbs delves into the life of former NIMH director Thomas Insel, his critiques of research within the field of...

Antidepressants are Accumulating in Fish Brains in the Wild

From the International Business Times: Americans are taking so many antidepressants that they are showing up in wild fish. Ten different species of fish in...

Part V: The Michelle Carter Texting Trial Becomes a Witch Hunt

In Parts I-IV, I discuss how the DA succeeded in gaining the conviction by means of highly emotional and at times misleading and untruthful manipulations in public and in the courtroom. Here I want to look more closely at the DA’s motivation and other activities. Was it a personal vendetta?

Deprescribing: How to be on Less Medication for Healthier Aging

In this post for Better Health While Aging, Dr. Leslie Kernisan discusses the importance of making sure that older adults are taking the minimum amount...

Pharma Responds: Antidepressants Really Work. Really?

A recent meta-analysis published in Molecular Psychiatry claims to have settled the debate on whether the slight superiority of antidepressants in trials is due to side effects breaking blind. The principle author was quoted as saying: "once and for all, we've answered the SSRI question." Have they?

Psychiatry’s Necessary Shadow: The Philosophy of Mental Illness

In this piece for Medium, Andrés Ruiz explores the reasons that psychiatry is the only medical speciality with an anti-movement and a history of sustained criticism....

Tripping for Knowledge: The Psychedelic Epistemologist

In this interview for 3:AM Magazine, Chris Letheby argues that even though psychedelics may induce delusions or imaginary phenomena, their use can also lead to accurate...

How to Avoid Severe SSRI Withdrawal Symptoms?

After long-term use, most people are going to have serious symptoms when stopping SSRIs. Many people are going to have transient, mild to moderate difficulty and some are going to end up falling down the akathisia rabbit hole. That is a long, difficult drop.

Frances, Healy at Odds Over Program on SSRIs and Violence

Allen Frances and David Healy have expressed differing opinions on A Prescription for Murder, BBC Panorama's recent documentary on the association between antidepressants and violence. While...

Researchers Find Inadequate Reporting of the Dangers of Ketamine Treatment for Depression

Researchers report that dangerous side effects are not being adequately reported in the trials of ketamine for depression.
Little Porcupine Goes to the Psych Ward

Little Porcupine Goes to the Psych Ward

I was so anxious about having to raise three boys alone that I felt I was going insane. So I thought of going to see a psychiatrist. I was looking for Carl Jung. Instead I found a system where they give you pills, whether you need them or not.

Prenatal Exposure to Psychotropic Medication Linked to Long Term Cognitive Impairment

School aged children exposed prenatally to psychotropic medication show poorer outcomes in cognitive ability.

Study Suggests Mania More Common in Psychosis When Antidepressants Used

A prospective cohort study of those labeled high risk for psychosis finds a higher prevalence of antidepressant use among those who develop manic symptoms.

The Politics of Mental Health

In this piece for Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century, Hazel Croft argues for a more radical approach to mental health, exploring the impact of neoliberal...

Part II: Michelle Starts Prozac and Sees the Devil

By 2011, anyone who read the scientific literature would have known that children cannot tolerate SSRIs and should not be given them. Neither Conrad nor Michelle seemed to have been warned about the common adverse effects (such as nightmares and compulsive suicidality) of the SSRI antidepressants they were on.

New Hope for Depression

In this piece for TIME, Mandy Oaklander provides a comprehensive review of the current status of and potential future directions for the depression treatment industry. The...

Seattle-caught Salmon Found to Contain Drugs

From My Science Academy: In a recent study, up to 81 drugs and personal care products were detected in the flesh of salmon caught in Puget...

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