New Zealand Asks: “How is Your Antidepressant Working For You?”

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Researchers at Auckland University have launched a study that "positions the people who are prescribed antidepressants as the experts" and which aims at asking...

Optimal Use of Neuroleptics, Part 3: Duration of Untreated Psychosis

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For the past 20 years, there has been a prevailing concern in psychiatry that psychosis is bad for the brain. When I read Anatomy of an Epidemic, this was one of my most pressing concerns; if I suggested to my patients that they pursue other treatments before starting drug treatment, was I helping or harming them?

Researchers Challenge Popular Beliefs About Adolescent Risk Taking

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Adolescent risk taking is explored contextually, beyond models of brain imbalances and adverse consequences.

Toward a Critical Self-Reflective Psychiatry: An Interview with Pat Bracken

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MIA’s Justin Karter interviews critical psychiatrist and philosopher Pat Bracken about the necessity of challenging received wisdom.

Racial Discrimination a Clear Contributor to Youth Mental Health Disparities

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Greater perceptions of discrimination during adolescence are linked to more depressive and internalizing symptoms.

Stigma May Increase Distress in Individuals Who Hear Voices

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Review finds that stigma around voice hearing is connected to isolation, secrecy, and poorer functioning.

Childhood Adversity Increases Psychosis

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Researchers in the U.K. and Netherlands found a nearly 3x greater chance of childhood adversity among patients with psychosis in 36 studies of various...

Company Suing to Prevent Increased Drug Trial Transparency

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

Who is at Risk for Psychosis?

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A report conducted by UK-based researchers indicates that rates of psychosis tend to be higher in ethnic minority groups and in individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Researchers Push Back Against Recommendation to Combine Antidepressants for Suicide Prevention

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Researchers challenge the recommendation of starting two antidepressants simultaneously to increase preventative effects against suicide.

J&J Whistleblowers to Collect Record $168 million

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The whistleblowers who helped to build the case for prosecuting Johnson & Johnson for illegal marketing of Risperdal will take home nearly $168 million...

Is Long-term Use of Benzodiazepines a Risk for Cancer?

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A large study of the population in Taiwan reveals that long-term use of benzodiazepine drugs, commonly prescribed for anxiety, significantly increases the risk for brain, colorectal, and lung cancers. The research, published open-access in the journal Medicine, also identifies the types of benzodiazepines that carry the greatest cancer risk.

One in Five Americans Uses a Psychiatric Drug

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Because of the increased use of generic drugs, there has been a slowdown in the growth of spending for psychiatric drugs in the United...

45% of Children and Adolescent Inpatients Prescribed Antipsychotics

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In a rare long-term study of antipsychotics used in children and adolescent inpatients, the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT followed 3,851 consecutive admissions...

Motherhood in Illness & Recovery

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Researchers in Norway, publishing in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing,  explore the experiences of being a mother with mental illness; "their way...

“Why You Should Stop Taking Your Antidepressants”

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The New York Post reprints an excerpt on antidepressants from the latest book by MIA contributor, Kelly Brogan, MD, “A Mind of Your Own:...

Psychiatrists Still Promoting Low-Serotonin Theory of Depression

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-A psychiatrist asserts that psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies never promoted the idea that serotonin deficiencies could cause depression, and suggests that no one at Mad in America has evidence that they did.

Speaking, Not Texting, May Prevent Dehumanization in Disagreements

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Researchers found participants were less likely to dehumanize those with whom they disagreed when they heard their voices.

Humanistic Counseling Effective in Schools, Study Finds

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Pilot study finds school-based humanistic counseling reduces emotional symptoms in students.

Only One in Seven Authors Disclose Conflict of Interest

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Researchers from Harvard and the University of Melbourne identified physicians and scientists who had financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies named as defendants in U.S....