Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Data Show Lack of Efficacy for Antidepressants

An article published this month in the journal BMC Psychiatry suggests that there is a lack of efficacy for SSRIs and that they significantly increase the risk of serious side effects.

Preventing Suicide in the UK – a Policy and Practice Divide

The Place of Calm’s innovative Peer Support Approach means suicidal people can stay up to 24 hours in a safe place in the community and receive practical and emotional support from trained professionals who have their own lived experience of mental health challenges. Evidence suggests that it saves lives and is cost effective. Yet its funding is now due to be cut.

“The Miseducation of Frank Waln”

Studies of modern Native Americans have shown that “historical trauma,” the name that social workers give to the perception of historical loss passed down through...

“Recoil, Reform, Repeat”

For The Boston Globe, Michael Rezendes writes about the dehumanizing conditions for mental health patients and the Bridgewater State Hospital. While previous exposés have...

“A River of Lost Souls Runs Through Western Colorado”

The Washington Post investigates the epidemic of suicide and the overuse of psychiatric drugs that is sweeping through towns in Colorado.

VA Hospitals Perform Worst on Inpatient Psychiatric Care

The results of the cross-sectional study show that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) owned hospitals perform worst on most measures.

Study Finds High Risk for Suicide Following Psychiatric Hospitalization

Patients are at an increased risk for suicide during the three months immediately following discharge from an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

When Psychiatric Medications Cause Psychiatric Symptoms

Dr. Yolande Lucire, a psychiatrist from Australia, recently published a paper about the iatrogenic effects of psychiatric drugs.

Hypnotic Medications Linked to Suicide Risk

A recent review found that hypnotic medications are associated with risks of suicide and suicidal ideation.

Systematic Review Finds Antidepressants Double the Risk for Agitation and Violence in Healthy Volunteers

The Nordic Cochrane Center conducted a systematic review of existing research trials on antidepressants and found that the drugs doubled the risk of feelings...

New Study Casts Doubt on Efficacy of Ketamine for Depression

A new study, published this month in the Journal of Affective Disorders, investigated the effectiveness of weekly intravenous ketamine injections as a treatment for...

“More Child Suicides Are Linked to A.D.D. Than Depression, Study Suggests”

The New York Times reports on a new study finding that ‘ADHD’ is the most common diagnosis for children under 12 who die by...

“Is This Leading Suicide Prevention Organization a Front for Big Pharma?”

"According to its website, AFSP is the ‘leading national not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide.’ Yet due to its Pharma relationships and continued...

“FDA Panel Votes to Remove Serious Warning from Pfizer’s Smoking Cessation Pill”

This week an FDA advisory panel decided to remove warnings of serious psychiatric side effects from the Chantix product label. “In making its recommendation,...

“FDA questions Pfizer Study of Chantix Psychiatric Effects”

Pfizer is petitioning the FDA to remove the black box warning for Chantix which focuses on neuropsychiatric side-effects like suicidality and depression. The regulators...

A Veteran’s Letter to Congress

I am a former Lieutenant in the US Navy, and on August 30, I sent a letter to the US Senate and House Committees on Armed Services, and their respective committees on Veterans' Affairs. I titled the letter "Concerning Mental Health Treatment and Suicide in the United States Armed Forces and the Veteran Community." Here is what I wrote:

Doctors Can Be Liable if Patients Commit Suicide, Court Rules

Politico reports on a decision from the Florida Supreme Court last Thursday that may influence how physicians treat depression and how they are held...

Lancet Study Questions Safety of Locked Psychiatric Wards

A new study published in Lancet Psychiatry challenges the common practice of locking psychiatric wards to prevent patients from attempting suicide or leaving against...

“Driven to Suicide by an ‘Inhuman and Unnatural’ Pressure to Sell”

Today’s New York Times features a story of a drug salesman, Ashish Awasthi, who committed suicide when he felt he couldn’t keep up with...

NPR: “Gun Violence And Mental Health Laws”

On NPR’s Morning Edition, Lauren Silverman debunks the assumption that mass shooters are usually ‘mentally ill,’ and that mental health policy can substitute for...

Researchers Investigate Antidepressant-Induced Suicidal Ideation

An increase in suicidal thoughts is a known and serious side-effect for various types of antidepressants. Recent studies suggest that there may be some...

“Why are Doctors Plagued by Depression and Suicide?”

For STAT news, Judith Graham reports on the escalating crisis of depression, burnout, and suicide among physicians. “Male doctors are 1.4 times more likely to kill...

How Does the News Cover Mental Health Issues?

The news media frequently write stories that connect mental health issues with violence, according to a new study published this month in Health Affairs....

Rising Rates of Suicide: Are Pills the Problem?

If you’ve read recent reports that state “US suicide rates surge to a 30 year high,” you might first justify the reality with the fact that things feel very wrong in our world today. On a personal, national, and planetary level, people are suffering to survive and the distress is coming from all sides – medical to economic to existential. But you probably also wonder why more people are choosing this permanent and self-destructive path, and feel compelled to submit to seemingly logical appeals to provide these individuals more help and greater access to treatment. Surprise: that may be the last thing our population of hopeless and helpless needs. Life’s inevitable challenges are not the problem. It’s the drugs we use that are fueling suicide.

“A Community Faces the Mental Health Impact of Climate Change”

“In Nunatsiavut, climate change is already a terrible reality, and it’s taking a heavy toll on mental health,” Ellie Robins reports for the influence....

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