I am just the messenger, the symbol that healthcare is in many ways absurd and harmful because the drug industry is too powerful. The Cochrane Collaboration is in deep crisis because it is too close to industry, practices scientific censorship and has a business model that focuses on “brand” and “our product” rather than getting the science right.
Psychiatrist and psychologist outline pharmacological and psychotherapeutic strategies for discontinuing antidepressants.
The huge impact of the MISTRA, in addition to the harmful and regressive social and political policy implications that flow from it, necessitates a detailed analysis of the “science” behind the study’s major claims and conclusions. Here I offer a new critique of this famous and influential “separated twin study.”
A new study demonstrates how the choice of statistical techniques when examining data plays a large role in scientific outcomes.
A discourse analysis conducted by sociologists finds problematic assumptions and practices in the field of neurocriminology.
A recent review suggests that depression guidelines do not incorporate evidence for exercise within a stepped-care approach and may be over-reliant on pharmacological treatments.
A recent Cochrane review has found that serious adverse events occur for about 1% of children and adolescents treated with Ritalin.
A new report on pediatric bipolar critically examines the current evidence base and calls for more research before the diagnosis is used.
Researchers explore how family interventions for psychosis might be adapted to China’s emerging integrated mental health care landscape.
A new study, published in Psychological Medicine, found evidence for a specific type of publication bias distorting the evidence about antidepressant efficacy.
The "independent report" that investigated the complaints against Peter Gøtzsche (which included a complaint from E. Fuller Torrey) reveals that they arose in connection with his criticisms of psychiatric drugs. The Cochrane Collaboration's ouster of Gøtzsche betrays a commitment to open-minded science that is vital to serving the public good.
New research suggests that clinicians should exercise caution prescribing SNRIs as first-line treatment for mood and anxiety disorders.
A new analysis of antipsychotic treatment of schizophrenia (published in Schizophrenia Bulletin) has found that two-thirds of patients treated this way do not experience symptom remission.
Prominent researchers conduct a review of antidepressant withdrawal incidence, duration, and severity. Results lead to call for new clinical guidelines.
White race and size of initial prescription, along with poor sleep quality, are associated with long-term benzodiazepine use in older adults.
A new study finds that sponsors of clinical trials in the EU continue to fail at reporting their results as required by recent legislation.
Reanalysis of the original primary outcome measure in the STAR*D study suggests STAR*D findings inflate improvement on antidepressant medication and exclusion criteria in conventional clinical trials results in overestimation of antidepressant efficacy.
New research demonstrates the benefits and complexities for immigrants transitioning from undocumented to DACA status.
An international study of college students reveals ubiquitous social and emotional challenges faced by young adults.
Two new articles find that rates of ADHD diagnosis and stimulant prescription continue to rise all over the world.
Findings point to the role of withdrawal symptoms and prescriber practices in long-term antidepressant use.
A systematic review of the limited research available on the long-term effects of antipsychotics finds fewer symptoms in those off of the drugs.
Researchers offer a critical take on the inclusion of the Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in the DSM-V.
A new article in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine addresses common misinterpretations of the efficacy research on antidepressants.
China Mills raises concerns that global mental health movements obscure social determinants of health and naturalize Western mental health concepts.