Bias, Corruption & Accountability

Study Reveals Inconsistency in ADHD Diagnostic Determinations

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Researchers compare differences between research and clinical diagnoses of ADHD and explore the consistency of clinical determinations over time

Researchers Find Bias in Industry-Funded Continuing Medical Education

Industry-funded continuing medical education (CME) influences physicians to prescribe more opioids, focus less on the consequences.

Researchers Fail to Replicate Evidence for ‚ÄúBiotypes‚ÄĚ of Depression

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A new study casts doubt on whether such biotypes for depression exist.

Antidepressant Use Linked to Longer, More Frequent Psychiatric Rehospitalization

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New study finds that antidepressants may negatively impact recovery after psychiatric hospitalization.

The Impact of Regression to the Mean in Psychiatric Drug Studies

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Could the statistical phenomenon of regression to the mean be responsible for the dramatic effects of placebo‚ÄĒas well as the supposed effectiveness of some psychiatric drugs?

Withdrawal Symptoms Routinely Confound Findings of Psychiatric Drug Studies

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Researchers examine how rapid discontinuation can mimic the relapse of mental health symptoms and confound psychiatric drug studies.

Psychiatrists View Drug-Free Programs for Psychosis as ‚ÄúUnscientific,‚ÄĚ Study Finds

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A new study provides an insider’s look into how psychiatrists view the establishment of drug-free programs in Norway.

No Brain Connectivity Differences Between Autism, ADHD, and ‚ÄúTypical Development‚ÄĚ

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Neuroscience researchers find no differences in brain connectivity between children with diagnoses of autism, ADHD, and those with no diagnoses.

Debate Ensues Over Rights-Based Approach to Mental Health

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Debate ensues as scholars and policymakers discuss how to bring a rights-based approach to mental health policy.

Adderall Use Associated with Increased Risk of Psychosis

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Twice as many teenagers with ADHD experienced severe psychosis when taking Adderall, as compared to Ritalin, according to a new study.

Does Active Placebo Response Explain Antidepressant Results?

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A new study investigated whether participants guessing if they have an antidepressant or placebo affects response rates.

It is Time to Abandon the Candidate-Gene Approach to Depression

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The candidate-gene approach to depression goes unsupported and is likely based on bad science, new research finds.

First-Person Accounts of Madness and Global Mental Health: An Interview with Dr. Gail Hornstein

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Dr. Gail Hornstein, author of Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, discusses the importance of personal narratives and service-user activism in the context of the global mental health movement.

Mental Health Concerns Not ‚ÄúBrain Disorders,‚ÄĚ Say Researchers

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The latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences features several prominent researchers arguing that mental health concerns are not ‚Äúbrain disorders.‚ÄĚ

How Do Clients Solicit Medication Changes With Psychiatrists?

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Researchers examine psychiatrist-client interactions and find that clients are often left with few opportunities to make explicit requests to change their medication regimen.

Very Slow Tapering Best For Antidepressant Withdrawal

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A new article in Lancet Psychiatry finds that slower tapering of SSRIs is better for preventing antidepressant withdrawal effects.

New Book Deconstructs Ideology of Cognitive Therapy

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CBT forwards a hyper-rational perspective of human suffering that complements a managerialist culture of efficiency and institutionalization in the Western world.
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Institutional Corruption in the Cochrane Collaboration

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My story is not just about the personal costs of speaking truth to power. This is a story about institutional corruption and one of the worst show trials in academia that you can imagine. I have written a book that documents the truth, backed by leaked board room recordings, private emails and testimony from concerned citizens.

Opioids May Cause Depression and Worsen Chronic Pain

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‚ÄúConverging lines of evidence now suggest that depression‚ÄĒa common comorbidity in the setting of chronic pain‚ÄĒmay in some patients represent an unrecognized yet potentially reversible harm of opioid therapy.‚ÄĚ

Researchers Challenge Interpretation of Antidepressant Meta-analysis

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Researchers question the overstated results of a large antidepressant meta-analysis and point to cultural pressures to turn to these drugs for a quick fix.

Treatment Guidelines Should Not Be Written by Professional Societies and Insiders

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John Ioannidis, a leading expert on research methods, takes a critical look at the way professional societies write treatment guidelines.

United Nations Rep Brings Attention to Human Rights Violations in Psychiatry

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Dr. Dainius PŇęras argues that the status quo in mental health treatment is no longer acceptable and demands political action to promote human rights.

Better Outcomes Off Medication for Those Recovered from First-Episode Schizophrenia

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A new study has found that of 10 people who were fully recovered from their first episode of schizophrenia (FES), those not taking antipsychotics did better in terms of cognitive, social, and role functioning‚ÄĒand reached full recovery more quickly.
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Fake Science and Checking Sources

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The field of psychiatry is awash with systematic reviews, meta-analyses and other published articles proclaiming various discoveries. But can this research be trusted? Let's examine one such article, "Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-year-old review," in which the author claims that the "anti-suicidal effects of clozapine and lithium have been substantiated."

Study Identifies Psychiatric Patients at Greatest Risk of Coercion

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In an effort to reduce coercion, researchers isolate associated factors including age, relationship status, location, and diagnosis.