“How Open Data Can Improve Medicine”

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“Those who possess the data control the story.” In the wake of the reanalysis of the infamous Study 329, where scientific data claiming the antidepressant Paxil was safe and effective for teens was egregiously manipulated, researchers are pushing for open access to raw data. “The issue here, scientists argue, is that without independent confirmation, it becomes too easy to manipulate data.”

A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Antidepressants

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Kelly Brogan, MD, ABIHM: 4 principal tenets that may undermine your current understanding of the efficacy and safety of antidepressant medication.

“Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression”

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Researchers found that pediatricians vary greatly in how often they diagnose and prescribe drugs for ADHD and other mental health conditions. “The proportion of...

Is Exercise Best for Depression?

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Time magazine reviews the evidence on exercise for depression, finding that exercise alters brain chemistry such that the brain shows less stress in response...

Why Is It So Difficult to Stop Psychiatric Drug Treatment?

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Joanna Moncrieff's 2006 paper in Medical Hypotheses discusses the possibility that the research on maintenance and discontinuation of medication is flawed because it fails...

“Critics Claim Antidepressants Are Being Handed Out Like Sweets. Now Our Shocking Experiment Uncovers…...

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The Mail sent three women to their doctors, reporting fictional symptoms of short-term, mild depression.  Two walked out with prescriptions for medication, despite expressions...

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 → 

Utah Supreme Court Allows Lawsuit for Psychotropic-Induced Murder

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Ruling that health care providers, while important, "are not entitled to an elevated status in tort law that would categorically immunize them from liability...

“Depression Experts Question Effectiveness of Stress Hormone Drug”

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Pioneering research by mood disorder experts at Newcastle University has questioned the effectiveness of metyrapone, a drug suggested to treat depression. "Our research has...

Calif. Jury Rejects “Zoloft Defense”

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The jury in Anthony Orban's California trial for rape - which Orban argued was the result of a 'psychotic break' caused by his recent...

Fort Hood Shooter was in Treatment, Taking Psychiatric Medication at Time of Shooting

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Specialist Ivan Lopez, who is accused of killing three people and wounding 16 others at Ford Hood army base yesterday, had been examined by...

Psychotropics Contribute to Suicides Among Military Children

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The Marine Corps Times writes of a dramatic increase in prescriptions of psychiatric medication for children of active-duty military personnell during their parents' deployment...

Consumption of Psychiatric Drugs in UK Continues to Climb

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-The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry reports that antidepressant use in the UK has increased 7.5% since 2013, and over 500% since 1992.

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...

NY Supreme Court Awards $1.5 M in Antidepressant-Related Suicide

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The New York State Supreme Court found in favor of Janice Mazella, widow of  basketball coach and teacher Joe Mazella, in a malpractice suit...

Jury Rejects Zoloft Defense

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Former CA policeman Anthony Orban now faces a possible life sentence following the jury's rejection of his argument that a Zoloft-driven psychotic episode had...

U.K. Antidepressant Prescriptions Rise 9% in 2011

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Almost 50 million prescriptions for antidepressants were issued in the U.K. in 2011, a rise of 9% over 2010. The increase is attributed, at...

“What Can A Rat’s ‘Behavioral Despair’ Tell You?”

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"A 'tail suspension test' is exactly what its title implies. Researchers lift a rat by the tail for a few minutes at a time,...

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...

Call for a Federal Investigation into the Link between Psychotropic Drugs and Mass Murder

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In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, ISEPP, a non-profit mental health research and education network, issues a statement calling for a...

Surgeon General Targets Rising Suicide Rate, But Not Drugs Linked to Suicide

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An Op-Ed in Op-Ed News discusses the disconnect between concern about rising suicide rates in the general population (and the military) and awareness of...

Body of Missing Man Found; Paxil Withdrawal Blamed

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The body of 78 year-old Bob Farthing, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found in the back seat of his car Friday evening.  "He...

“More Patients in Scotland Given Antidepressants”

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The BBC reports that the number of people in Scotland taking antidepressants has increased by 5% in the past year with most of the patients being women and those in the poorest parts of the country. “We are now looking at the flabbergasting statistic of more than one in seven people in Scotland being prescribed antidepressants this year,” Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said. “We urgently have to look at better alternatives than simply parking people on medication in the hope things don't get any worse, with no aspiration for complete recovery."

Excessive Mood & Behavior Arousal in Juveniles Treated with Antidepressants

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In a study of 6,767 reports of antidepressant trials in juveniles treated for depressive and anxiety disorders, the risk of psychopathological behavioral or mood...

The Empire of Humbug: Not So Bad Pharma

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At the 50th American Psychosomatic Society meeting in New York, Michael Shepherd was speaking. His topic - The Placebo. When the lecture finished, Lou Lasagna said "this paper is now open for questions." Nothing happened. Nobody said anything at all. Lasagna couldn't refrain from commenting: "There are 3 possible explanations. First, you were all asleep and therefore you heard nothing. Secondly, it was so bad that since this speaker has come 3,000 miles you didn't want to embarrass him. Third, it is genuinely so original and new that you don't quite know what to make of it. I'll leave you to decide which it was". What had Shepherd said?