Sunday, June 25, 2017

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...

Missouri Sued for Over-Drugging Foster Children

From Reuters: Two youth legal advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against Missouri for over-exposing foster children to psychotropic drugs. The lawsuit seeks a court...

Study Investigates Physicians’ Beliefs About Placebo and Nocebo Effects of Antidepressants

Surveyed doctors overestimate pharmacological effects of antidepressants and underestimate placebo effects.

Trial Over Suicide and Texting Lays Bare Pain of 2 Teenagers

From The New York Times: Michelle Carter, a 20-year-old woman, is currently being tried for urging her boyfriend to kill himself via text message. According to...

The Simple Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

From PsyBlog: Research suggests that taking a brisk walk three times a week may be more effective in alleviating depression than antidepressants. Almost two-thirds of study...

We Need to Stop Prescribing Antidepressants in Primary Care

In this op-ed for Pulse, Des Spence argues the case for dramatically reducing antidepressant prescriptions, as antidepressants are often completely ineffective and unnecessary. "Clearly psychological pain,...

How FDA Avoided Finding Adult Antidepressant Suicidality

The studies that the FDA relied upon for adults over age 24 were dismally flawed and untrustworthy compared to the ones used for children. The child studies showed that antidepressants can cause suicidality — the adult studies showed nothing other than FDA collusion with drug companies.

PTSD and Psychiatric Medication Linked to Dementia in Older Veterans

Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and taking SSRIs, novel antidepressants, or atypical antipsychotics are more likely to develop dementia.

Music Therapy Interventions Reduce Depression Symptoms in Dementia

Therapists can use music to meet the emotional and social needs of individuals with dementia.

PTSD, Psychotropic Medication Increase Dementia Risk

From Healio: Researchers recently found that veterans diagnosed with PTSD and prescribed antidepressants or atypical antipsychotics are at a higher risk for dementia than veterans...

We Need Ecstasy and Cocaine in Place of Prozac and Xanax

From Aeon: While psychiatric drugs are often ineffective and can have serious side effects, there are many psychedelics and other illicit substances that have proven...

Psychology vs. Psychiatry – What Can Happen if the System Fails

From Vox Gibraltar: Many people confuse psychology with psychiatry. Too often, general practitioners recommend psychiatric treatment when psychological treatment or therapy could be just as effective without resulting...

Psychiatric Medications Heighten Risk for Major Bone Fractures

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

The Truth About Long-Term Antidepressant Use

From The Guardian: As antidepressant prescriptions rise and have doubled in the past decade, mental health experts are becoming increasingly concerned about adverse effects and...

Researchers Search for Subgroups Where Antidepressants Are More Effective

The researchers theorized that this increased effectiveness was due not to “antidepressant” properties, but rather to the drug’s side effects, which include insomnia, drowsiness, and nausea.

Dear Scott Gottlieb: Add New Warnings to Paxil Labels

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...

Petition to Give Better Support for Those on Antidepressants

From Daily Express: A patient advocacy group has launched a petition at the Scottish Parliament requesting improved support services for people withdrawing from antidepressants. People from...

$3 Million Awarded to Widow who Sued Pharmaceutical Firm

From Chicago Tribune: GlaxoSmithKline must pay $3 million to the widow of a man who killed himself after taking the antidepressant paroxetine. Article →­

Could ‘Treatment Resistance’ be an Effect of Antidepressants?

Previously taking antidepressants could make individuals less likely to respond to treatment for bipolar II depression.

Researchers Question Link Between Genetics and Depression

A new study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found no link between genetics and the occurrence of depressive symptoms.

How Long Should you Stay on Antidepressants?

From The Guardian: Antidepressants may be addictive; many people experience withdrawal symptoms after stopping them. Some psychiatrists suggest that long-term usage may be harmful and...

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