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Summaries of research findings that tell of a scientific need to "rethink psychiatry."

Murder Caused by Antipsychotic Drug Withdrawal Symptoms, Psychiatrist Tells Court

A psychiatrist has testified to an Irish court that Ian Harman cannot be held criminally responsible because he was suffering withdrawal from an antipsychotic...

Evidence Lacking for Antidepressant Safety in Nursing Mothers

A scientific review says we need to know much more about the risks of nursing mothers taking SSRIs.

Australian Medical Journal Editor Fired, Others Resign Over Independence Concerns

The editor of the Australian Medical Association's journal was fired after he voiced concerns about changes that he felt endangered the journal's independence.

Pa. Court Hears Arguments in Dismissed Risperdal Case

A lawyer for Pennsylvania urged seven justices of the Pa. Commonwealth Court yesterday to allow the state's case against Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary Janssen...

Hyperactivity Meds Jump 46%

Following an FDA study that found a 46% rise in ADHD prescriptions from 2002-2010, a review in Death and Taxes looks at better marketing...

Published Clinical Trials are Misleading, PLoS Says

Research from the Center for Clinical Trials at Johns Hopkins finds troubling differences between publicly available information on medications and the information that pharmaceutical...

Arkansas Court Overturns $1.2B Judgment Against J&J

The Arkansas Supreme Court today overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson, ruling that laws requiring companies to properly communicate risks and...

Overlap Between Borderline and Bipolar

Researchers in Australia investigate the growing evidence that childhood trauma predisposes individuals to both bipolar and borderline syndromes, with the intention of examining areas...

Calif. Jury Rejects “Zoloft Defense”

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

Psychotropics Significantly Increase Falls in the Elderly

Psychotropic medications, including short-acting benzodiazepines, strongly increase the frequency of falls in the elderly, according to research from the Netherlands published in Maturitas: The...

Stigma Associated With Labeling, Not Behavior

Research into stigmatizing attitudes towards behavior, published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, finds that most study subjects did not spontaneously apply diagnostic labels to...

“Global Pandemic” of Fake Medicines, Say Researchers

Teams of researchers from around the world, including from the US government, tested 17,000 drug samples and found that up to 41% failed to meet quality standards.

REFOCUS Psychosis Recovery Intervention Ready for Trials

A new pro-recovery manualized intervention – called the REFOCUS intervention – has been developed and will now be evaluated in a multisite randomized control trials. The strengths-based intervention, which focuses on promoting relationships, is outlined in the latest issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Stress Reduces Gene Activity Thought to Protect Against Depression

Researchers at Yale University found that stress in rats blocks the activity of a gene that promotes healthy neural connections in the brain. The...

People Reporting More Depressive Symptoms than 30 Years Ago

Americans today, especially teens, are reporting having far more psychological problems that resemble "depressive symptoms" than they did in the 1980s, according to an...

SSRIs May Cause Bone Loss

An Israeli study of 10,621 women found that those taking an SSRI more than 80% of the time were 1.4 times more likely to...

Company Suing to Prevent Increased Drug Trial Transparency

A company that conducts clinical drug trials for pharmaceutical companies is taking legal action against the UK government over transparency requirements.

Call For Psych Beds Surges

Debate abounds about the factors driving a nationwide "shortage" of psychiatric hospital beds. Article → 

“A Glut of Antidepressants”

The New York Times reflects on various explanations for the skyrocketing use of antidepressants (the economy, pharmaceutical advertising, the effect of insurance), then reports...

Judge Approves Investigation Into The Effects of Effexor

Utah judge Robert Dale is allowing the defense of David Edward Drummond, Jr., who is serving a life sentence for shooting his wife in...

Arkansas AG Seeks to Reinstate $1.2B Risperdal Verdict

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced yesterday he will ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to toss out the $q.2 billion...

Reviews of Oxytocin & Psychosis

Acta Neuropsychiatrica finds, in a review of the evidence regarding oxytocin's (OT) role in psychosis, that it shows "efficacy in reducing core symptoms in patients...

J&J Alleged To Hide Evidence That Risperdal Grows Boys’ Breasts

"A drug that was never meant for kids was illegally marketed to kids," said a lawyer for the plaintiff in opening remarks for the...

Spontaneous Improvement in Depression, With and Without Placebo

Researchers at Columbia University and Queens College reviewed 10 trials of antidepressants that used wait-listed controls in order to determine the contribution of spontaneous...

Former DSM Chair: DSM-5 “A Disaster,” Calls for APA Monopoly to End

Former DSM task force chairman Allen Frances reviews the rise of the DSM, crossing over from a research instrument to to a popular bestseller...

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