On May 16, 2018, the prestigious and venerable psychiatrist Allen Frances, MD, gave an interview to Christiane Amanpour on CNN. You can see the video here. It’s titled How Antidepressant Withdrawal “Can Trap People”. Here’s how the interview opened: CA: “So you know, I just wanted to start by saying that who knew that antidepressants… Continue Reading
Are ‘Psychiatric Disorders’ Brain Diseases?
Steven Reidbord MD is a board-certified psychiatrist who practices in San Francisco. He writes a blog called Reidbord’s Reflections. On December 12, 2015, he posted an article titled Are psychiatric disorders brain diseases? It’s an interesting and thought-provoking piece, with many twists and turns. Here are some quotes, interspersed with my comments and reflections. “Of… Continue Reading
Antidepressants: Drugs, Not Medication
On April 7, John Read, PhD, a psychologist at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, published a short article on Mad in America. The title is: Largest Survey of Antidepressants Finds High Rates of Adverse Emotional and Interpersonal Effects. The article presents the results of a survey conducted in New Zealand and published online in… Continue Reading
Polarization or Compromise
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… Continue Reading
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