Thursday, August 17, 2017

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...

New Study Examines User Experience of Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications

Researchers find that support and self-care were helpful for users during discontinuation, but that mental health professionals were not very helpful.

Cause of Death: Unknown

A new film, "Cause of Death: Unknown" investigates the pharmaceutical industry and the deaths that have been caused by psychiatric drugs. The film will...

A Dribbling, Suicidal Mess – Until I Kicked the Pills

In this piece for The Sunday Times, Oliver Thring tells the story of Katinka Blackford Newman, a woman who became psychotic after taking antidepressants and...

People of Great Britain! Our Beast Descends Upon Your Children

Scientific evidence indicates that antidepressants do not help children. In light of such high risks to the child’s wellbeing, these psychiatric chemicals are clearly doing more harm than good. What kind of society would permit this assault on its children?

My Drug Dealer Was a Doctor: A Story of Withdrawal

In this piece for Medium, Michael E. Lee tells his story of experiencing the horrific withdrawal effects of Effexor, and how he healed from his...

Researchers Identify Patterns in Antidepressant and Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use

The researchers found that, of those who were initially prescribed both antidepressants and benzodiazepines, approximately 12% went on to engage in long-term benzodiazepine use.

Over 1,000 Antidepressant Users Describe how Their Personal Life has Been Affected

Survey examines adverse personal and interpersonal effects of antidepressants and the impact of polypharmacy

I Took My First Antidepressant, and the Effects Were Frightening

In this opinion piece for The Guardian, Deborah Orr tells of her frightening experience with intense disassociation that occurred after starting an antidepressant. Article →­

People Are Hacking Antidepressant Doses to Avoid Withdrawal

From New Scientist: Some organizations are helping people hack their dosing regimens so they can taper off psychiatric drugs without severe withdrawal effects. One Dutch organization...

Going Off My Meds Gave Me Rage Attacks

In this piece for Glamour, Suzannah Weiss tells her story of SSRI withdrawal, which resulted in intense rage attacks for six months after discontinuation and...

Dr. Andrew Weil Says We’re Taking Too Many Medicines

From The New York Times: According to Dr. Andrew Weil, who is best known for popularizing the concept of integrative medicine, the problem of overmedication...

Are Drug Companies Grooming New Customers in the Womb?

From The Baltimore Sun: Over time, studies have shown that antidepressants during pregnancy are linked with congenital defects as well as increased incidence of depression...

Forced Psychiatric Treatment: An Interview With Emily Cutler

In this interview for AdvancingMentalHealth.org, Mad in America Assistant Editor Emily Sheera Cutler discusses forced psychiatric treatment, Mad Pride, and cognitive liberty.

Benzodiazepine Use May Become Long-Term

From Psychiatric News: According to a new study, patients who take antidepressants simultaneously with benzodiazepines are at an increased risk of becoming long-term benzodiazepine users. Article...

Panels That Developed Treatment Guidelines Had Industry Ties

From STAT: A recent analysis found that a large portion of depression treatment guidelines was developed by individuals with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. "Of 172...

Michelle Carter Found Guilty in Landmark Texting Suicide Case

From The Boston Herald: Michelle Carter has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for repeatedly encouraging her high school boyfriend to kill himself via text...

Do Antidepressants Increase Risk of Adult Suicide?

From From Insults to Respect: It is commonly assumed that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in children and young adults, but not in adults...

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