Saturday, September 30, 2023

Antidepressants Keep GIs Fighting

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MIA Blogger Bruce Levine talks with American Free Press about the increasing use of psychotropic medications in today's military. Article → 

Post-Prozac Nation: The Science and History of Treating Depression

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The Sunday New York Times Magazine traces the history and controversy around serotonin, "imbalance theory," deep-brain stimulation and more; including references to Irving Kirsch and placebos,...

Blood Test for Depression Announced

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Researchers testing the blood of 14 teenage subjects with major depressive disorder and 14 with no disorder for a set of candidate biomarkers from...

Sexual Side Effects of Medications in Young People

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The effects of antidepressants and mood stabilizers on young people's psychosexual development receive little attention or research, says Kaitlin Bell Barnett (author of "Dosed:...

American Woman

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On Thursday, May 31, 2001, a woman whose name is known only to GlaxoSmithKline emailed the company:   "My name is... I was diagnosed with panic...

Pathologising Infancy

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I had an epiphany the day I first saw my son in a coffin after his suicide. The moments following his hanging himself were...

Minimal Empirical Support for Antidepressant Treatment in Young People

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Researchers from Australia reviewed the existing literature for good-quality evidence of effective prevention and treatment of depression in young people. Prevention research was dominated...

How drug companies continue to hide the true story of Tamiflu and other drugs...

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I’ve been reading Dr. David Healy’s new book, Pharmageddon, and while some of it may seem like old news, I was struck by his...

SSRIs Significantly Increase Falls in Dementia, Even at Low Doses

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Researchers in the Netherlands followed 248 nursing home residents with dementia for two years, finding that even 25% of the defined daily dose of...

Multiple Medications Associated With Poorer Outcomes

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Research from Germany finds that people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective diagnoses given multiple medications - an antipsychotic plus a benzodiazepine or more than one...

Lawyers Starting to Blame Military’s Psychotropic Drugs For Aberrant Behavior

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Military psychiatrists and judges are beginning to see the effects of an eightfold increase of SSRI use in the military since 2005, according to...

The Legal and Moral Issues of Drugging Children

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Jim Gottstein’s presentation March 29, 2012 at the APA’s Humanistic Division. Mr. Gottstein talks about the the legal and moral issues of the massive number...

Benzodiazepine & SSRI Addiction and Withdrawal

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The May issue of Addiction includes a review of pharmacological and phenomenological issues around benzodiazepine (BZD) and SSRI discontinuation.  Definitions, perceptions and management of the...

The Legal and Moral Issues of Drugging Children

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Jim Gottstein’s presentation March 29, 2012 at the APA’s Humanistic Division. Mr. Gottstein talks about the the legal and moral issues of the massive number...

Study of Antidepressants and Suicide is Retracted

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A controversial 2010 paper, "Antidepressant Medication Prevents Suicide in Depression", has been retracted by Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. In a contemporaneous issue of British Journal of...

Prenatal Antipsychotic Exposure Causes Neuromotor Deficits

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Researchers studying 309 6-month-olds at Emory University's Infant Development Laboratory found that infants prenatally exposed to antipsychotics showed significantly lower scores on a standardized...

Antidepressants and Advertising: Psychopharmaceuticals in Crisis

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An article by written by faculty of the Harvard History of Science Department and the Program in Placebo Studies explores how "drug marketing portrays...

Placebos In The News

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A study that will appear in European Neuropsychopharmacology found that "the brain's response to the placebo pill seems to depend ... on whether or not...

Antidepressants, Not Depression, Raise Risk of Preeclampsia in Pregnancy

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In a study of 69,448 pregnant women with depression, researchers from the Harvard school of public health found that use of SSRI (selective serotonin...

FDA Adds Warnings to Celexa’s Label

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Following up on last August's warning that high doses of Celexa can cause potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities, the FDA has added clarification to...

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders

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"Objective  To systematically evaluate whether prenatal exposure to antidepressant medications is associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder ... Conclusion  Although the number of children exposed...

AztraZeneca Struggling as Generic Seroquel Gets the Green Light

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With a U.S. judge refusing to grant an injunction against generic versions of it's top-selling drug Seroquel last Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports...

Psychiatric Drugs, Especially Antipsychotics, Contribute to Increasing Drug Costs

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Antipsychotics have overtaken antidepressants as the most costly class of psychiatric medication in England, according to a study by Stephen Ilyas and Joanna Moncrieff...

Pharmas Exiting Antidepressant Market

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As patents expire on current antidepressants pharmaceutical companies are getting out of the market, according to an article in yesterday's Vancouver Sun. In the latest...

Hypertension in Pregnancy 50% More Likely With SSRIs

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Researchers in Montreal found in a sample of 1,216 pregnant women that those who used antidepressants were at least 50% more likely to experience...