A Behavioral Approach to Mental Disorders

Why Is There An Anti-psychiatry Movement?

March 23, 2015

On February 18, the eminent psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, former President of the APA, published a video and transcript on Medscape.  The article was titled What Does the New York Times Have Against Psychiatry?, and was essentially a fatuous diatribe against Tanya Lurhmann, PhD, a Stanford anthropologist, who had written for the New York Times […]

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The Drugging of Children in Foster Care

March 16, 2015

It’s no secret that here in America, foster children are being prescribed psychiatric drugs, especially neuroleptics, as a means of controlling their behavior.  A great deal has been said and written on the matter.  Politicians have declared the practice deplorable.  Children’s advocacy groups have expressed concern, and, of course, those of us in the antipsychiatry […]

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Polarization or Compromise

March 11, 2015

On February 2, Robert Whitaker published an article on Mad in America.  The title is Disability and Mood Disorders in the Age of Prozac.  The article echoes and updates one of the themes of his 2010 book “Anatomy of an Epidemic”:  that the steady increase in the numbers of people receiving disability benefits for depression […]

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Antidepressant Drugs and Suicide Rates

March 2, 2015

In 2010, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica published a study by Göran Isacsson et al.  The paper was titled Antidepressant medication prevents suicide in depression.  Here’s the conclusion:“The finding that in-patient care for depression did not increase the probability of the detection of antidepressants in suicides is difficult to explain other than by the assumption that a […]

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Dr. Lieberman Is Annoyed

February 24, 2015

On February 18, Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, published a video lecture (with transcript) on Medscape. The article is titled What Does the New York Times Have Against Psychiatry?, but in his opening paragraph, Dr. Lieberman points out that the piece could be titled “Psychiatry Suffers Another Indignity.” The background to […]

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Thomas Insel: “Are Children Overmedicated?”

February 10, 2015

Thomas Insel, MD, is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.  In June of last year, he published, on the Director’s Blog, an article titled Are Children Overmedicated?  The gist of the article is that children are not being overmedicated, but rather that there is an increase in “severe psychiatric problems” in this […]

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Cures For Brain Disorders

February 2, 2015

On January 18, Thomas Insel, MD, published an article on The World Economic Forum Blog.  The article is titled 4 things leaders need to know about mental health.  Dr. Insel is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.  The World Economic Forum “is an International Institution committed to improving the state of the […]

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The Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia – Version III

January 28, 2015

On November 27, 2014, the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society published a paper titled Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia.  The paper was edited by Anne Cooke of Canterbury Christ Church University.  The central theme of the paper is that the condition known as psychosis is better understood as a response to adverse […]

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Psychiatry’s Defense:  We’re No Worse Than General Medicine

January 21, 2015

On December 21, 2014, Vivek Datta, MD, published an article on Mad in America.  It’s titled Psychiatry and the Problem of the Medical Model –Part 1. The same article appeared the day before on Dr. Datta’s own website. Dr. Datta begins by stating unambiguously: “Psychiatry is a branch of medicine. As such, psychiatrists apply the […]

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Exploiting the Placebo Effect:  Legitimate Practice or Chicanery?

January 19, 2015

On June 13, 2014, Psychiatric Times published an article by Steve Balt, MD.  The article is titled Assessing and Enhancing the Effectiveness of Antidepressants, and is a good deal more candid as to the efficacy of antidepressants than one normally encounters from psychiatry.  Dr. Balt is a private practice psychiatrist in California.  He is the […]

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Psychiatrists Providing Psychotherapy?

January 14, 2015

On December 29, Nassir Ghaemi, MD, a psychiatrist and a professor at Tufts Medical Center, published on Medscape an article titled Psychiatry Prospects for 2015: Out With the Old, In With the New?  The article opens: “With the new year reviving old desires, one may wonder what, if anything, new will be in store for […]

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Antidepressant-induced Mania

January 12, 2015

It is generally recognized in antipsychiatry circles that antidepressant drugs induce manic or hypomanic episodes in some of the individuals who take them.  Psychiatry’s usual response to this is to assert that the individual must have had an underlying latent bipolar disorder that has “emerged” in response to the improvement in mood. The problem with such […]

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Antipsychiatry Stigma

January 7, 2015

The current issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is devoted to the topic of psychiatry’s poor image, and what steps might be taken to improve it. Central to the discussion is a study Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists, by H. Stuart et al, – and seven commentaries on this study by various authors.  The Stuart et al […]

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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal: A Dilemma

January 7, 2015

On March 17, 2013, I wrote a post titled Withdrawal from Benzodiazepines.  In that post I wrote: “Withdrawal from these drugs is potentially dangerous, incidentally, and medical supervision is a good idea, especially if the dependence is marked.  Try to find a physician other than the one who got you hooked on them in the […]

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ECT for Agitation and Aggression in Dementia

January 2, 2015

On May 16, 2014, the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry published an article by Deepa Archarya, PhD, et al.  The article is titled Safety and utility of acute electroconvulsive therapy for agitation and aggression in dementia.  Here are the authors’ conclusions: “Electroconvulsive therapy may be a safe treatment option to reduce symptoms of agitation and […]

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Preconceived Ideas

December 29, 2014

On November 27, 2014, the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society published a paper titled Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia.  The paper was edited by Anne Cooke, of Canterbury Christ Church University.  It challenges the psychiatric medical model that dominates mental health practice in Britain and throughout the world, and offers an alternative […]

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Benzodiazepines and Aggression

December 26, 2014

On November 19, 2014, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry published Benzodiazepine use and aggressive behaviour: A systematic review, by Bonnie Albrecht et al, from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Here are the authors’ conclusions: “There appears to be a moderate association between some benzodiazepines and subsequent aggressive behaviour in humans. The circumstances under […]

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Straight Talk from Lucy Johnstone

December 22, 2014

PCCS Books Ltd has recently published A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis, by Lucy Johnstone, PhD.  Lucy is a consultant psychologist working in Wales, and has been an outspoken critic of psychiatry’s medical model. Here are some quotes: “…my own conclusion, based on extensive reading and clinical work and many enlightening discussions with service […]

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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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