Share List Daniel Carlat in his blog post of August 15 mentions, and critiques, a so-called blood test for depression marketed (for $745) by Ridge Diagnostics. The essence of Dr. Carlat’s criticism is that the test is not predictive of depression, but merely enables one to tell (with some degree of accuracy) whether or not… Continue Reading
Share List Dr. Ed Pullen has this week’s Grand Rounds up at DrPullen.com. As well as the usual range of subjects covered in the medical blogging world, he has gone further afield with a few interesting additions, including a recipe for raspberry pie. Take a look when you have a chance to relax and read.
Share List In a comment on my post on Natural Correction, Nanu Grewal raised a question concerning the addressing of behavioral problems. This is a huge topic, and I feel the reply warrants a post. There are others who could do a better job than me, but here’s my take on it. Traditional behavior therapy starts… Continue Reading
Share List Dr. Elaine Schattner has Grand Rounds this week at Medical Lessons. Not only has she put together some very interesting reading, but a range of photos from around the world. In her call for submissions Dr. Schattner asked that bloggers submit a photo from their region, and she received some lovely images. Have… Continue Reading
Share List The central theme of this blog is that there are no mental illnesses and that the spurious medicalization of problems of living represents a tragic wrong turn in human history. In a comment on my last post, Nanu Grewal raised the question of a natural correction. In other words, does there come a… Continue Reading
Share List On June 23, the New York Review of Books, one of the most prestigious literary magazines in the country, published a piece by Marcia Angell. I’ve mentioned Dr. Angell before. She had been editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and had come out strongly against the extent to which drug companies are… Continue Reading
Share List Louise has this week’s Grand Rounds up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. You will find plenty of reading material here for the entire week. Whatever your fields of interest, there will something for you. Take a look.
Share List The National Institute of Health (NIH) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary U.S. Government agency responsible for medical research. The NIH has 27 sub-departments, one of which is the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NIMH has an annual budget of $1.5… Continue Reading
Share List There’s some interesting reading at Mercola.com posted April 6, 2011. Dr. Mercola states that depression is not an illness! – and that this bogus illness was created by psychiatrists and drug companies in order to sell drugs! No surprises there for regular readers of this site. Unfortunately Dr. Mercola doesn’t take the logic… Continue Reading
Share List Dr. Val Jones has this week’s Grand Rounds up at Better Health. You can find reading material here for the entire week, as Dr. Jones has included more than forty posts. Some are inspirational, like Dr. Ed Pullen’s Carpe Diem; others cover material that is hard to believe, as in Roy’s post… Continue Reading
Share List There’s an interesting article on the New York Times website: Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy (March 5, 2011). The essence of the article is that psychiatrists no longer engage in talk therapy to any great extent, but instead prescribe behavior-altering drugs. What’s interesting about this is that the… Continue Reading
Share List Grand Rounds is up at Diabetes Mine. You will find the usual wide range of topics, so stop by and have a read.
Share List Grand Rounds is up at DrPullen. There is the usual wide range of subjects – some light-hearted, others very serious. Stop by and take a look.
Share List I am writing this post as a response to a comment posted by medical blog in my previous post, More on So-called Bipolar Disorder. In the summer of 2001 I became very ill. The symptoms were exhaustion and mild nosebleeds. I went to three different practitioners, but they all were dismissive of my… Continue Reading
Share List A few days ago, I received the following email: Hi Phil, I would like to hear from you how we can survive the bipolar disorder, as I understand bipolar is a very serious disease. Regards, [Name] The question seems important enough to warrant a more public response, though I have omitted the writer’s… Continue Reading
Share List DrRich has Grand Rounds up at The Covert Rationing Blog. He has obviously put a lot of work into hosting this week’s rounds, with explanatory paragraphs concerning each entry. The reader is easily able to discern what is covered in each submitted post, so stop by to have a look, and read further.
Share List In his book Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker drew attention to the increasing numbers on the Social Security disability rolls due to so-called mental illness. Robert raises the possibility that the drugs routinely used to “treat” depression may be contributing to the problem. In a recent post, he discusses this matter further…. Continue Reading
Share List Grand Rounds is up at Gruntdoc. As usual, Dr. Roberts presents a very user-friendly rounds, simple to follow, easy to use. Close to thirty posts, with a wide range of subjects. Stop by and have a look.
Share List Christopher Lane, author of Shyness has written an interesting post. The gist of the matter is as follows. There’s a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines (benzos for short) that are promoted by Pharma and prescribed by psychiatrists to “treat” anxiety. (As if anxiety were an illness!) See my post on the So-called Anxiety… Continue Reading
Share List Grand Rounds is up at Suture for a Living. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ramona Bates has included posts that cover many different subjects, some light, some serious. Stop by and have a look.
Share List DSM lists two principal “illnesses” under the heading Eating Disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Anorexia Nervosa means chronic and pernicious fasting even though food is readily available. “Anorexia” is Greek for lack of appetite. “Nervosa” is Greek for nervous. Bulimia means recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting or other methods… Continue Reading
Share List Babies are born selfish. Not only has the newborn no consideration for others, he isn’t even aware of others. For the newborn, the universe is him/herself. Babies are born bad-tempered. When their needs are not immediately met, they cry. If they are still not met, they scream, turn red, and thrash their arms… Continue Reading
Share List Manufacturing Depression, by Gary Greenberg An excellent account of the history of the psychiatric concept of depression. Dr. Greenberg provides a fairly unique perspective, as he is an experienced psychotherapist who has had some personal experience with depression. In his writing he draws material from both sides of the desk. He also identifies… Continue Reading
Share List Every society in every generation makes errors. Some of the errors are minor. Some are major. One of the great errors of the 20th century was this: we accepted the spurious notion that a wide range of life’s problems were in fact illnesses. This spurious notion was initiated with good intentions – to… Continue Reading
Share List Grand Rounds is up at Highlight Health. The theme is The Impact of Healthcare Reform, and Walter Jessen has included posts that cover many different perspectives on this timely subject. Stop by and have a look.