Dr. Datta – Still Repackaging Psychiatry

December 16, 2014

On December 1, Mad in America published an article titled When Homosexuality Came Out (of the DSM).  The author is Vivek Datta, MD, MPH, a British physician who is currently a second year psychiatry resident at the University of Washington, Seattle.  The article was also published the same day on Dr. Datta’s blog site, Medicine […]

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Understanding Psychosis – Another Milestone

December 15, 2014

Last month the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology published a very important document.  It’s called Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, and was edited by Anne Cooke, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. Here are some quotes: “It is often assumed that there is a straightforward dividing line between […]

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The Chemical Imbalance Theory:  Still Being Promoted

December 10, 2014

On November 28, Psychiatric Times published an article titled Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment of Somatizing Neuropsychiatric Disorders.  The authors are Daniel T. Williams, MD, and Alla Landa PhD, both from Columbia University Psychiatry Department. The article’s lead-in states: “Although the somatizing disorders cover a vast array of symptomatic domains across many medical specialties, this article […]

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Changing Trends of Childhood Disability, 2001-2011

December 5, 2014

On August 11, Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published an article by Amy Houtrow, MD, et al.  The article is titled Changing trends of childhood disability, 2001-2011 Here are the authors’ conclusions: “Over the past decade, parent-reported childhood disability steadily increased.  As childhood disability due to physical conditions declined, there […]

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Can Psychiatry Be Reformed from Within?

November 26, 2014

Vivak Datta, MD, is a second year psychiatry resident at the University of Washington, Seattle.  He has a website called Medicine and Society, and on November 14, he published a lengthy article titled Science and Pseudoscience in Psychiatric Training: What Psychiatrists Don’t Learn and What Psychiatrists Should Learn.  On November 20, the article was published […]

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Peter Kinderman in Scientific American.  An Important Milestone!

November 20, 2014

On November 17, Scientific American published on its MIND blog website Why We Need to Abandon the Disease-Model of Mental Health Care, by Peter Kinderman, PhD. Here are some quotes: “The idea that our more distressing emotions such as grief and anger can best be understood as symptoms of physical illnesses is pervasive and seductive. […]

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Psychiatry: Still Trying To Rewrite History

November 18, 2014

On October 15, psychiatrist Allan Tasman, MD, published an article in Psychiatric Times.  The title of the article is The Most Exciting Time in the History of Psychiatry. Psychiatric Times describes itself:  “Our Focus:  News, special Reports, and clinical content related to psychiatry. Our Audience:  Psychiatrists and allied mental health professionals who treat mental disorders.” […]

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More Cheerleading from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

November 7, 2014

On October 23, Simon Wessely, MD, a British psychiatrist, published an article, The real crisis in psychiatry is that there isn’t enough of it, at the online site The Conversation.  Dr. Wessely is the Professor of Psychological Medicine at King’s College, London, and is also the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Conversation […]

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More on Benzos and Cognitive Damage

October 28, 2014

On September 9, 2014, the BMJ published an article by Sophie Billioti de Gage et al.  The article was titled Benzodiazepine use and risk of Alzheimer’s disease: case-control study, and concluded: “Benzodiazepine use is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The stronger association observed for long term exposures reinforces the suspicion of a […]

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A Tragedy

October 25, 2014

I’ve recently received the following video link (3 minutes) from two readers who lost their only child, whom they believe could have been saved but for “a draconian mental health system.” One Step At A Time Please take a look.      

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Benzodiazepine Use and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

October 17, 2014

On September 9, 2014, the BMJ published an article by Sophie Billioti de Gage et al.  The article is titled Benzodiazepine use and risk of Alzheimer’s disease: case-control study.    The research was a study based on data from the Quebec health insurance program database. Here are the authors’ conclusion: “Benzodiazepine use is associated with an […]

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A Macabre Celebration:  80 Years of Convulsive ‘Therapy’

October 9, 2014

There’s an interesting article in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of ECT.  It’s written by Max Fink, MD, and is titled Celebrating 80 Years of Inducing Brain Seizures as Psychiatric Treatment.  Dr. Fink is a psychiatrist and neurologist, and professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. […]

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Psychiatry Disrupted 

October 7, 2014

On August 15, 2014, McGill-Queens University Press published Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorizing Resistance and Crafting the (R)evolution.  The work is a collection of papers by various authors, edited by Bonnie Burstow, Brenda A. LeFrançois, and Shaindl Diamond.  There is a Foreword by Paula Caplan, and a Preface by Kate Millett. It is no secret that there […]

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Pharma-funded Research

September 26, 2014

On August 20, 2014, Psychiatry Advisor published an article on its website.  The article was written by Leslie Citrome, MD, a professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.  The article is called Is Bias Against Pharma-Funded […]

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Psychiatric Stigma

September 25, 2014

I’ve recently read Stigma and mental health problems: why psychiatric professionals are the main culprits, by Gary Sidley, PhD.  You can find it on his website.  It’s a concise, accurate, and compelling account of how psychiatry stigmatizes its clients.  This is a particularly important topic, in that psychiatrists routinely assert that it is we mental […]

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Mass Murderers and Psychiatric Drugs

September 22, 2014

There’s an interesting article in the current issue of the National Psychologist written by David Kirschner, PhD, a New York psychologist.  The National Psychologist is a newspaper-type magazine that publishes articles of general interest to psychologists and others working in this field.  Most issues contain a mix of opinion pieces, news, changes in government regulations, […]

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Second Generation Neuroleptics and Acute Kidney Injury in Older Adults

September 18, 2014

On August 19, 2014, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a paper titled Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs and the Risk for Acute Kidney Injury [AKI] and Other Adverse Outcomes in Older Adults.  The authors were Joseph Hwang et al, and the study was conducted at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Ontario, Canada.  The primary […]

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A Prescription for Psychiatry, by Peter Kinderman, PhD

September 11, 2014

I recently read Peter Kinderman’s new book, A Prescription for Psychiatry, which was published on September 3 by Palgrave Macmillan.  The overall message of the work is captured nicely in the subtitle:  Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Dr. Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology, Head of the Institute […]

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Dr. Pies Still Spinning

September 8, 2014

On July 1, the very eminent psychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, wrote an article for Psychiatric Times titled Positivism, Humanism and the Case for Psychiatric Diagnosis.  The article also appeared in Medscape on August 20. Dr. Pies begins by discussing websites “…that critically examine psychiatry.”  These websites, he tells us, “…vary from the viscerally enraged, to […]

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The Dehumanizing Aspect of DSM

August 25, 2014

In January 2014, the journal Research on Social Work Practice published a special issue: A Critical Appraisal of the DSM-5: Social Work Perspectives.  There were many excellent articles in this volume, some of which I have highlighted in earlier posts. One of the very outstanding articles is The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders […]

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More Bogus Conclusions From More Bogus Research

August 21, 2014

Robert Findling, MD, is a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.  He is the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and Vice President of Psychiatric Services and Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. On July 31, Dr. Findling published a brief video (and article) on Medscape:  Adverse Events Caused by a Drug […]

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Antidepressants and Overall Wellbeing

August 14, 2014

There was an interesting article published on April 12, 2014 in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.  It’s called The Efficacy of Antidepressants on Overall Well-Being and Self-Reported Depression Symptom Severity in Youth: A Meta-Analysis, by Gary Spielmans and Katherine Gerwig, both of the Psychology Department, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota. The authors conducted a word-search in […]

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People Who Find Psychiatric Drugs Helpful

August 6, 2014

On July 28, I published a post called Simon Says: Happiness Won’t Cure Mental Illness.  The article was essentially a critique of a post written by British psychiatrist Simon Wessely, who is the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  In his post Dr. Wessely had stated:  “…you can come at this from the […]

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Evolution Or Revolution?

August 1, 2014

On July 22, Just Another Word Press.com site ran an article called Evolution not revolution: My thoughts on the DCP’s call for a paradigm shift.  The website is owned and operated by MTAS Psychology, an agency providing psychological therapy and expert witness services in Manchester, UK.  The article is unsigned. The primary focus of the […]

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Simon Says:  Happiness Won’t Cure Mental Illness

July 28, 2014

Professor Simon Wessely, who was recently installed as President of Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, has just written his second post in that capacity.  It’s called Happiness: The greatest gift that I possess? The background to Dr. Wessely’s article is the recent launching of the UK’s Centre Forum’s Mental Health Commission’s report:  The pursuit of […]

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The Use of Neuroleptic Drugs as Chemical Restraints 

July 24, 2014

On July 17, I wrote a post on the use of neuroleptic drugs as chemical restraints in nursing homes.  The article generated some comments, one of which touched on some very fundamental issues which, in my view, warrant further discussion.  The comment was from drsusanmolchan and read as follows: “All drugs can be dangerous toxic […]

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More Psychiatric ‘Myth’ Debunking

July 22, 2014

On July 15, I wrote a post called Psychiatry Debunks the ‘Myths.’  In that article I focused on the myth-debunking of Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill, but in researching the topic for that post, I came across a psychiatry resident named Shan (no last name) who blogs on a website called Exploratory Encephalotomy. With regards […]

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The Use of Neuroleptic Drugs As Chemical Restraints in Nursing Homes

July 17, 2014

There’s an interesting article in the July-August 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin.  It’s called Drug Abuse: Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes, and was written by Jan Goodwin.  AARP is the American Association of Retired Persons.   Jan Goodwin is an investigative journalist whose career, according to Wikipedia, “…has been committed to focusing attention on social justice […]

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Psychiatry Debunks the ‘Myths’

July 15, 2014

Psychiatry has always had its share of critics, but in the past two decades these criticisms have increased in frequency and intensity.  Psychiatry’s underlying concepts are being denounced as spurious to the point of inanity, and its practices are being accurately and forcefully exposed as destructive, disempowering, and stigmatizing. Psychiatry has no rational or logical […]

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Suicidal Behavior After FDA Warnings

July 7, 2014

On June 18, the British Medical Journal published an article by Christine Lu et al, titled Changes in antidepressant use by young people and suicidal behavior after FDA warnings and media coverage: quasi-experimental study.  Here’s the conclusion paragraph from the abstract: “Safety warnings about antidepressants and widespread media coverage decreased antidepressant use, and there were […]

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The Propaganda Is Everywhere

June 30, 2014

I recently came across the May 2014 issue of The Costco Connection, which is published by Costco Wholesale.  This is the first time I’ve seen a copy of this magazine, and I would describe it as a catalog/lifestyle periodical. There are lots of ads for Costco’s own products, and the articles are wide ranging, topical, […]

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Lingering Doubts About Psychiatry’s Scientific Status

June 26, 2014

Professor Sir Simon Wessely is a British psychiatrist who works at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.  He is also the new President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and in that capacity, he recently wrote his first blog, titled, appropriately enough, My First Blog (May 24, 2014).  The article is essentially a perusal […]

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Psychiatric Propaganda

June 25, 2014

Recently I received a very nice email from Laura Chapman.  Here’s the text: “Hi there, My name is Laura and I am emailing because I recently produced a guide on postpartum depression and wanted to share it. Here is the guide I have helped to make – http://www.psychguides.com/guides/living-with-postpartum-depression/http://www.psychguides.com/guides/living-with-postpartum-depression/ Earlier this year a friend of mine suffered […]

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New APA President: Same Old Cheerleading

June 24, 2014

As my readers know, I am a great fan of former APA President Jeffrey Lieberman, MD.  His regular articles on Psychiatric News were always helpful to the anti-psychiatry cause, and he will be greatly missed. But his successor, Paul Summergrad, MD, has recently posted his first presidential message, APA Poised to Take Advantage of Unique […]

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Dr. Lieberman’s Final APA Address

June 23, 2014

On May 29, Psychiatric News ran an article titled Lieberman Sees Promising Future for Psychiatrists, Patients.  The author is Mark Moran, a senior reporter for the American Psychiatric Association. The post is an account of Dr. Lieberman’s outgoing presidential address to the APA conference in New York, and contains many quotes from this most eminent […]

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A Client’s Perspective on “Mental Illness”

June 22, 2014

A very important and compelling article was posted on Mad in America on June 18.  It’s by Andrew L. Yoder, and is called An Open Letter to Persons Self-Identifying as Mentally Ill.  Here are some quotes: “My physician was not so cautious.  He was a very pleasant man that always seemed to take his time […]

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Justina Pelletier Is Back Home

June 22, 2014

I guess everybody knows by now that Justina Pelletier is back with her parents after 16 months in the custody of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. According to a Boston Globe report dated June 9, top DCF officials recently submitted papers to the court asking that Justina be returned to the custody of her […]

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Psychiatry’s Response:  Attack and PR

June 19, 2014

In the last decade or so psychiatry has received a great deal of criticism.  The fundamental point of contention is psychiatry’s insistence that an ever increasing range of problems of thinking, feeling, and/or behaving are in fact illnesses that need to be aggressively treated with drugs, intracranial electric shocks, and other somatic interventions.  It is […]

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Blame the Clients?

June 17, 2014

On June 6, I wrote a post titled Psychiatry DID Promote the Chemical Imbalance Theory.  The article was published on Mad in America, and generated a number of comments on that site, five of which were from TherapyFirst, who in his first comment identified himself as Joel Hassman, MD, a practicing psychiatrist.  Dr. Hassman did […]

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Diminished Responsibility on the Grounds of Mental Illness

June 13, 2014

On February 14, 2013, Oscar Pistorius, a South African Olympic runner, shot and killed his girlfriend in his home in Pretoria, South Africa.  Mr. Pistorius’ defense is that the shooting was accidental – that he shot his girlfriend through the bathroom door in a state of panic because he believed she was an intruder.  Prosecutors […]

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