DACA has “Immediate and Positive” Impact on Lives of Immigrant Students, Study Finds

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New research demonstrates the benefits and complexities for immigrants transitioning from undocumented to DACA status.

Review of the Evidence: Childhood Adversity High in Schizophrenia and Other Disorders

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Researchers from Australia and the UK found that people with a schizophrenia diagnosis almost four times more likely than controls to have a history of...

When Placebos Beat Active Treatment

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U.K. researchers find, in a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of medical (not only psychiatric) treatments that when bias is ruled out and effects...

New Evidence for Brain-Gut Link in Depression and Quality of Life

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The first ever population-level study of the brain-gut connection in humans finds evidence for a link between gut bacteria and mental health.

Psychosocial Adversities Should be Included in Diagnosis

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Proposal to include psychosocial adversities that impact mental health in ICD and DSM diagnoses.

Intergenerational Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences

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The daughters of children evacuated from Finland during World War II show an increased number of psychiatric hospitalizations.

Prescription Drug Addiction: Government Launches Investigation

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From The Guardian: The British government has ordered an investigation into the growing problem of addiction to prescription drugs such as opioids, benzodiazepines, and antidepressants. Article...

New Study Examines User Experience of Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications

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Researchers find that support and self-care were helpful for users during discontinuation, but that mental health professionals were not very helpful.

Hallucinations Reported as Side Effect of ADHD Medication

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Hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms have been reported after methylphenidate (Ritalin) treatment for ADHD.

Pfizer Files to Consolidate Birth Defect Lawsuitsd

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With at least 59 lawsuits pending over birth defects allegedly caused by Zoloft, Pfizer moves to consolidate litigation near its headquarters in New York. Read...

Increasing Antidepressant Dose Does Not Improve Outcomes

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A systematic review of literature and meta-analysis indicates that there is no clinically or statistically significant effect of antidepressant dose increase after nonresponse to initial treatment.

Debunking Myths About Creativity and the Brain

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From Pacific Standard: Recent studies have debunked two common myths about creativity and the brain: that the right hemisphere is solely responsible for creative thought,...

Medscape Reports on Survey Exploring Physicians’ Thoughts on Ethics

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Medscape surveyed 21,000 physicians on a wide range of ethical issues, and provides slides summarizing their answers. A small sampling: "Would you ever perform a procedure...

Providing Trauma Informed Brief Counseling to College Students

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Recommendations on how to provide trauma-informed, short-term counseling to college students who have experienced sexual assault and interpersonal violence.
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How Psychiatry Evolved Into A Religion

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Biological psychiatry has managed to stealthily become America’s first state-sponsored religion, by disguising itself as a helpful, scientific medical field. Millions have been led astray by its lies, and enslaved by its labels and drugs. It will take ten plagues to free them. Psychiatry’s tenth plague has only just begun.

Dr. Vinay Prasad Takes on Big Pharma and Big Medicine

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In this piece for STAT, Meghana Keshavan profiles Dr. Vinay Prasad, a physician who has become an influential voice in the medical community through his...

Gallup: “Americans’ Views of Pharmaceutical Industry Take a Tumble”

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“In Gallup's annual measure of 25 major U.S. business sectors, the percentage of Americans with a positive view of the pharmaceutical industry dropped from 40% in 2014 to 35% this year, while the percentage with a negative view rose from 36% to 43%.”

Study Finds Improved Functioning for ‘Schizophrenia’ Without Antipsychotics

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Long-term treatment with antipsychotic drugs is currently considered the standard treatment for patients diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia.’ A new study challenges this practice, however. The...

“Do We Have to Wait Until He Kills Himself or Someone Else Before Anyone...

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In the "agreement for corrective action" against CAFE study coordinator Jean Kenney last week, the Board of Social Work cited Kenney's failure to respond to "alarming voicemail messages" from family members of Dan Markingson. Presumably, the Board is referring to a message left by his mother, Mary Weiss, which warned, "Do we have to wait until he kills himself or someone else before anyone else does anything?" The failure of Kenney and Stephen Olson to take the warnings of Mary Weiss seriously has been one of the most disturbing aspects of this case. In a deposition for the lawsuit filed by Weiss, Kenney was questioned about her response. Here is an excerpt. (The initial questions come from Gale Pearson, an attorney for Mary Weiss.)

Most Cases of Tardive Dyskinesia are Permanent

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Only one out eight patients, out of 108 with tardive dyskinesia, recovered from the disorder in an Emory University Movement Disorders Clinic study. The...

The Role of Emotion and Internal Experience in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Research from Newcastle University in the U.K. finds that "Increasing attention has focused on the role of emotion and internal experience in obsessive compulsive...

Chairman of DSM-5 Task Force & Others Belatedly Admit Conflict of Interest Related to...

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The authors of a paper that endorses a computerized test for depression have acknowledged failure to disclose joint ownership of a company formed to bring the test to...

How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners

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From The Atlantic: Five neuroscientists have published a new paper arguing that the field of neuroscience has become too focused on technology and has de-prioritized the...

Fear and Belief in “Chemical Imbalance” Prevent People from Coming Off Antidepressants

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Researchers interviewed people who were given medical advice to discontinue antidepressants.

43% Increase in ADHD Diagnoses among School-Aged Children in US

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Citing a 43 percent jump since 2003, researchers estimate that 5.8 million school-aged children and teens in the US now have an ADHD diagnosis, a staggering 12 percent of this population. The new NIH-funded analysis also found that the percentage of girls diagnosed with ADHD was up 55% and that the percentage of Hispanic children diagnosed shot up 83% over the same timeframe.