Allen Frances:  Still Blaming Everyone But Himself

May 24, 2016

On May 7, Allen Frances, MD, posted an article on the HuffPost site.  The piece was titled Antidepressants Work, But Only For Really Depressed People. Superficially, the article presents itself as a call to limit the prescribing of the so-called antidepressant drugs to severe cases; but the piece can, I suggest, be more accurately characterized […]

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Klonopin and prozac withdrawal

April 25, 2016

          It’s been almost 3 months since I have ingested any antidepressants or benzos. Almost died after drinking a large amount of vodka with the daily does of pills. Went to a rehab for a month and have been clean since. This is after over 27 years of benzos and prozac. I am 60 […]

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The Germanwings Crash:  Flying Under the Influence

April 5, 2016

On March 24, 2015, a twenty-seven-year-old German pilot named Andreas Lubitz flew an Airbus A 320 into a French mountainside, killing himself and the 149 other people on board.  Mr. Lubitz was co-piloting the flight, and he caused the aircraft to crash by locking the pilot out of the flight deck and setting the autopilot […]

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Exploiting The Placebo Effect:  Deceiving People For Their Own Good?

February 16, 2016

Readers may remember that a few weeks ago I became involved in an online debate with the very eminent and scholarly psychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD.  That exchange was initiated by a post I wrote concerning a paper on the chemical imbalance theory that Jeffrey Lacasse, PhD, and Jonathan Leo, PhD, had published in the Behavior […]

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The Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Violence

October 13, 2015

One of psychiatry’s most obvious vulnerabilities is the fact that various so-called antidepressant drugs induce homicidal and suicidal feelings and actions in some people, especially late adolescents and young adults.  This fact is not in dispute, but psychiatry routinely downplays the risk, and insists that the benefits of these drugs outweigh any risks of actual […]

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Antidepressants:  Drugs, Not Medication

April 13, 2015

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 […]

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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 […]

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Recurring Depression

February 9, 2015

I am 46 years old and have taken antidepressants (Lexapro, Paxil, now Zoloft) for 10 years.  But the reason I began taking them wasn’t due to my own need for relief from depression or anxiety.  It was actually an effort to improve my relationship with my husband at the time.  He suffered from depression and took medication, but said […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do We Underestimate the Benefits of Antidepressants?

May 30, 2014

On April 19, 2014, The Lancet published an article titled Do we underestimate the benefits of antidepressants?  by German psychiatrists Mazda Adli and Ulrich Hegerl. The Lancet, founded in 1823, is a weekly, general medical journal which since 1991 has been owned by Elsevier, a private, Amsterdam-based, publishing house with offices in the UK, USA, and […]

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Depression vs. Normal Unhappiness

May 1, 2014

Alex Langford is a British trainee psychiatrist.  He blogs at The Psychiatric SHO, and on April 21, he posted an article titled Antidepressants are not ‘happy pills.’  Thanks to Jean Davison for the link. The article is an impassioned attack on psychiatry’s critics.  Here are some quotes, with my responses: “I am sick and tired […]

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Antidepressants Make Things Worse in the Long Term

April 8, 2014

In June 2011, Rif El-Mallakh, MD, et al. published an article, Tardive dysphoria: The role of long term antidepressant use in inducing chronic depression, in Medical Hypotheses.  The article is a thorough and wide-ranging study review. Here are some quotes from the abstract: “Treatment-resistant and chronic depression appear to be increasing.” “Depressed patients who ultimately become […]

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SSRIs and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

January 21, 2014

There’s a new study in the January 2014 issue of the BMJ:  Grigoriadis et al, Prenatal exposure to antidepressants and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn: systematic review and meta-analysis.  Thanks to Nanu Grewal for the link. PPHN is a relatively rare condition.  The authors report that the estimated prevalence is about 1.9 per 1000 […]

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Antidepressants and Suicide

January 15, 2014

There was an interesting article, Antidepressant regulations tightened following suicide, in the Copenhagen Post on January 7.  Thanks to Mad in America for the link. It is reported that Danilo Terrida, aged 20, committed suicide in 2011 “…eleven days after he was prescribed antidepressants following an eight-minute-long conversation with a doctor.”  The doctor has been deemed […]

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Antidepressants and Liver Failure

January 12, 2014

Last month (December 2013) the American Journal of Psychiatry published Antidepressant-Induced Liver Injury: A Review for Clinicians, by Voican C.S. et al.  The study was a literature search from 1965 onwards. Here are the authors’ results: All antidepressants can induce hepatotoxicity, especially in elderly patients and those taking more than one drug Liver damage is […]

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Sandy Hook Massacre: The Unanswered Question

January 6, 2014

On December 27, 2013, Connecticut State Police issued a 7,000-page, heavily redacted, report on the massacre that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School just over a year earlier (December 14, 2012).  For the record, I have not read the 7,000-page report, but I have read the Wikipedia article Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, last updated […]

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Causes of High Mortality in People Labeled ‘Mentally Ill’

November 12, 2013

ANOTHER VIDEO FROM DR. LIEBERMAN On October 28, Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, President of the APA, made another video.  This one is titled An Important Look at Mortality in Mental Illness: A Decade of Data on Psychotropic Drugs, and was made for Medscape.  You can see the transcript at the same site.  Medscape is a web […]

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The Dangers of SSRI’s

November 7, 2013

SSRI’S AND SUICIDE Bob Fiddaman has a post up today called MHRA Consultant Calls for Antidepressant Use in Young.  The article highlights some of the dangers associated with SSRI’s, and also describes some of the attempts to suppress or discount the significance of this information. Apparently in 2010, Swedish psychiatrist Göran Isacsson, MD, PhD, published […]

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Pharma Corruption of Healthcare

October 9, 2013

I’ve been reading another great book:  Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare, by Peter C. Gotzsche [Radcliffe Publishing, 2013]. The book is an exposé of pharma’s fraudulent research and marketing.  The author is a Danish physician who has been involved in clinical trials of drugs, and in drug regulatory matters.  He […]

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Antidepressants Being Handed Out Like Candy

October 5, 2013

There’s an interesting exposé in the London Daily Mail, September 29, titled Critics claim antidepressants are being handed out like sweets…  Thanks to Leonie and Antidepaware on Twitter for the link. To find out how easily people could get prescriptions for antidepressants, the Mail sent “…three women of differing ages — all of whom had no […]

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Does Antidepressant Use Increase the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

October 4, 2013

On September 25, PsychCentral ran an article on this topic.  The article was a commentary on a 2013 meta-analysis conducted by Katharine Barnard, PhD, et al of the University of Southamptom, UK. The meta-analysis examined three systemic reviews and 22 studies. RESULTS “There was evidence that antidepressant use is associated with type 2 diabetes. Causality […]

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Psychiatry’s Spin on the Navy Yard Murders

October 3, 2013

Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, President of the APA, has written a guest post, In the Wake of the Navy Yard Shooting: A Way Forward, on EverydayHealth.  Everyday Health Inc. is a media company which operates for-profit websites on health and related matters. It’s been confirmed that the Navy Yard shooter had been taking trazadone, an antidepressant […]

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More SSRI Side Effects: Upper GI Bleeding

September 29, 2013

Earlier this month, the American Journal of Psychiatry published an article by Yen-Po Wang, M.D., et al, titled Short-Term Use of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Risk of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding.  [Thanks to Mad in America for the link] The research was conducted in Taiwan.  The authors studied the records of 5,377 psychiatric inpatients with gastrointestinal […]

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The Tide Has Turned

September 28, 2013

Those of us on this side of the psychiatric debate have long maintained that there is a link between the so-called antidepressant drugs and the mass murders that have become an increasingly common feature of American society in recent decades. The call for a formal investigation of this link, however, has been consistently resisted, and […]

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Psychiatry and Suicide Prevention: A 30-year Failed Experiment

September 27, 2013

There’s an interesting article on Mad in America dated September 17, 2013.  It’s titled Psychiatry & Suicide Prevention: A 30-year Failed Experiment, and was written by Maria Bradshaw. Maria Bradshaw is the founder of CASPER, an organization that rejects the medical model of suicide prevention in favor of a sociological model.  Ms. Bradshaw founded CASPER […]

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Antidepressant-induced Seizures in Children

September 26, 2013

There’s an article in the current issue of Clinical Toxicology, titled Drug-induced seizures in children and adolescents presenting for emergency care: Current and emerging trends, authored by Y. Finkelstein et al. The authors conducted an observational study, on 37 sites, of all pediatric Emergency Room reports which included a chemical or drug-induced seizure and required […]

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SSRI’s Impair Learning.

September 24, 2013

There’s an interesting article on Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.  It’s called Learning from Negative Feedback in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder is Attenuated by SSRI Antidepressants. The researchers evaluated learning ability in three groups: medication-naïve individuals who met the criteria for Major Depressive Disorder individuals who met the criteria for MDD and were receiving the […]

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Another Mass Shooting: Link to SSRIs?

September 17, 2013

A mass murder occurred yesterday, September 16, at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C.  There are reports of at least 12 dead, and several wounded.  Early news stories describe the perpetrator as having “mental issues,” and it is reported that he “…had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems.”  […]

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The Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Violence

September 7, 2013

Thanks to a tweet from Ginger Breggin for the link to a new article on  The article is called CT AAG Nervous About Releasing Adam Lanza’s Medical Records:  Disclosure “Can Cause A Lot of People to Stop Taking Their Medications.“  The AbleChild contact person is Sheila Matthews. AbleChild is a national parent rights organization […]

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SSRI’s and Postpartum Hemorrhaging

August 31, 2013

There’s an interesting study in the British Medical Journal (August 2013).  It’s called Use of antidepressants near delivery and risk of postpartum hemorrhage: cohort study of low income women in the United States, and it was written by Kristin Palmsten et al. The study examined nationwide Medicaid data from 2000-2007, and followed 106,000 pregnant women […]

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Another School Shooting: Unanswered Questions

August 24, 2013

Earlier this week (August 21), a 20-year-old gunman entered a school in Atlanta, apparently intending to kill people, but was talked down by a school bookkeeper. As everyone knows, we’ve had a great many incidents of this sort in the past fifteen years, most of which ended more tragically than this one. The reporting of […]

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FDA Goes Against Its Advisory Panel

July 3, 2013

The FDA recently approved paroxetine (which in higher doses is marketed as the antidepressant Paxil) as a nonhormonal treatment for hot flashes in menopausal women.  The drug will be marketed as Brisdelle. According to a New York Times article F.D.A. Approves a Drug for Hot Flashes, the approval was granted despite the fact that FDA’s […]

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Blaenau Gwent, Wales: One in Six on Antidepressants!

July 1, 2013

There’s a Mail Online article about high numbers of antidepressant prescriptions in Blaenau Gwent.  The article is dated June 29, and was drawn to my attention by Nanu Grewal from Australia. The article is about a town in Wales where reportedly one sixth of the population is taking antidepressants.  That’s about 17%. So presumably all […]

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The Grieving Mother

June 30, 2013

There’s a must-read article on Leonie’s Blog: The grieving mother is at it again! Leonie lost a son to suicide four years ago.  The suicide occurred 17 days after he started citalopram, an SSRI, marketed as Celexa. Leonie heard a ‘science expert’ on the radio this week attributing depression to low serotonin levels in the […]

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