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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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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Gender Wage Gap and Depression/Anxiety

February 12, 2016

In their January 2016 issue, the journal Social Science and Medicine published Unequal depression for equal work? How the wage gap explains gendered disparities in mood disorders, by Jonathan Platt, MPH, Seth Prins, PhD candidate, Lisa Bates, PhD, and Katherine Keyes, PhD, MPH.  All the authors work at Columbia’s Department of Public Health. Here’s the […]

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Book Review:  Depression Delusion, by Terry Lynch, MD, MA

August 31, 2015

In this truly remarkable, and meticulously researched, volume, Dr. Lynch annihilates psychiatry’s cherished chemical imbalance theory of depression.  Every facet of this theory, which the author correctly calls a delusion, is critically analyzed and found wanting.  Example after example is provided of psychiatrists promoting this fiction, the factual and logical errors of which are clearly […]

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You Are Stronger Than What You Think

June 4, 2015

          No, I’ve never used the services of psychologists, never took a “pill.” But I have felt under sudden Depression and Anxiety, like any of you. Self awareness is necessary. To know when you are not acting “normal.” If we keep hoping for something to happen in an unrealistic way, on […]

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Depression:  A Different Perspective

April 14, 2015

I have recently come across an interesting paper:  How to Understand and then Escape from Depression.  It’s written by Saul Youssef, a professor of physics at Boston University. The central theme of the paper is that persistent or chronic depression is caused by “…an unconscious withdrawal of participation in a person’s own internal decision making […]

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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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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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Depression/ ADHD

September 1, 2014

I was searching Google for effects of propaganda on the human psych, and stumbled upon this site. After reading a few stories, I felt I had to share my own.  When I was in high school I was depressed. To the point where I was a walking text book definition. Failing grades, poor hygiene, isolation. All the signs were […]

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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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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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What If You Should Be Depressed?

July 9, 2014

i have been very depressed three or four times. always it was the same cause. i’ve never had the experience of being depressed for no reason. i’ve never gone to bed feeling fine and woke up feeling depressed.i think i’ve acquired enough sophistication to say:i can’t imagine anyone under the same circumstances not becoming very depressed, crying constantly, […]

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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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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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DSM-5 – Dimensional Diagnoses – More Conflicts of Interest?

December 23, 2013

BACKGROUND On November 20, JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry) published an interesting letter.  It was headed: Failure to Report Financial Disclosure Information,  and was signed by Robert D. Gibbons PhD, David J Weiss PhD, Paul A. Pilkonis PhD, Ellen Frank, PhD , and David J. Kupfer MD. The letter is an apology for […]

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Depression Is Not An Illness: A New Website

November 14, 2013

I’ve recently come across a new website that is challenging the illness approach to depression. It’s and is written by Char Leander, an industrial sociologist.  Char became interested in this topic when she saw “…the epidemic of emotional disorders in the workplace.”  She also recounts some personal experience with depression. Here are some quotes […]

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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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The Living-With-Parents Blues

August 29, 2013

Despite the general rise in economic indicators over the past year or two, there are still many young adults who, for economic reasons, have had to move back in with their parents.  A proportion of these people become depressed. Depression is the normal human reaction to loss, disappointment, or a general sense of unfulfillment.  Viewed […]

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The Illness Theory Is Everywhere

August 26, 2013

A few days ago, there was an interesting item in the Dear Abby column of our local newspaper.  Dear Abby is a general advice column written by Jeanne Phillips, and is widely read. The letter in question was written by “Sibling Standing By,” who described his/her 63 year old sister as someone who “…takes no […]

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Personal Goals and Depression

July 14, 2013

I’ve recently read a noteworthy article on PLOS One.  It’s by Joanne M. Dickson and Nicholas J. Moberly, and it’s called Reduced Specificity of Personal Goals and Explanations for Goal Attainment in Major Depression.  It’s a very interesting and detailed paper. The authors, who work at the University of Liverpool and the University of Exeter […]

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Mid-Life Crisis

July 12, 2013

Recently on Twitter, Disparity asked for my opinion on the term mid-life crisis, which “…is often treated as a mental health condition.” The term mid-life crisis has no formal meaning in mental health, though as Disparity says, the concept does emerge from time to time. The original meaning of the word crisis was a turning […]

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Screening for Depression

May 19, 2013

Routine screening for depression sounds like a very good thing, and in fact it is recommended by NIMH, and by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services), and various other groups.  Medicare will pay the total cost of one depression screening per year. But it […]

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Social Effect of DSM

May 5, 2013

I keep two dictionaries on my desk.  The first is a 1964 Webster’s; the second is a 2009 Webster’s.  This morning I looked up the word “depression” in both books. 1964: n. 1. a depressing or being depressed.  2. a depressed part or place; hollow or low place.  3. low spirits; dejection.  4. a decrease in […]

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Bereavement: An “Opportunity” for Psychiatry

May 1, 2013

There’s a new post on Mick Bramham’s website called “A time to grieve, a time to console, and a time to profit?”  You can see it here. You might have thought that, given the adverse publicity that pharma has been receiving in recent years, they would be easing up on their expansionist agenda. But you […]

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More Antidepressant Risks

April 30, 2013

There’s an article in Science Daily (April 29, 2013) titled “Antidepressants Linked with Increased Risks After Surgery,” which I found courtesy of Monica on Twitter.  You can see it here.  The article is a report of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  You can see an abstract of the study here. The study was […]

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Mood Disorders and Stem Cells

April 26, 2013

Thank you to Tallaght Trialogue for drawing my attention to Blue Horizon Stem Cells (you can see their website here) and a recent article they’ve written titled Mood Disorder (here). The article contains a very brief discussion of the term mood disorder, including a mention of “major depressive disorder” and “bipolar disorder.”  It then goes […]

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More on Postpartum Depression

April 26, 2013

I recently wrote a post on postpartum depression which has generated a certain amount of negative comment.  For this reason, I thought it might be helpful to clarify some points. DEFINITION AND EXPLANATIONS The DSM makes no mention of postpartum depression as such.  The closest it comes is major depressive disorder with postpartum onset.  In […]

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Postpartum Depression Not an Illness

April 24, 2013

BACKGROUND The primary purpose of the bio-psychiatric-pharma faction is to expand turf and sell more drugs.  This is a multi-faceted endeavor, one component of which is disease mongering.  This consists of using marketing techniques to persuade large numbers of people that they have an illness which needs to be treated with drugs. With regards to […]

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The Power of Words to Shape Attitudes

April 21, 2013

I recently wrote a post called:  Do Major Tranquilizers Make Things Worse?  The post was based on a study by Drs. Harrow and Jobe in which they speculated that the high relapse rate of “schizophrenics” who stop taking their drugs may have more to do with drug withdrawal than the supposed drug efficacy. Monica, at […]

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Another Blood Test for Depression

April 13, 2013

Today, courtesy of Talla Trialogue on Twitter, I have read an article by Shari Roan called Blood Test for Depression Proves It’s Not All In Your Head.  You can see it here. The article appears to be an interview with Lonna Williams, the CEO of Ridge Diagnostics.  This company is reportedly introducing a blood test […]

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More Conflicts of Interest in Psychiatry

April 2, 2013

I’ve come across an article by Lisa Cosgrove et al entitled Conflicts of interest and the quality of recommendations in clinical guidelines.  It was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice in December of last year. As everyone knows, the APA publishes the DSM, but they also publish “Clinical Practice Guidelines” for various “diagnoses,” […]

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Shock “Treatment” Is Not Safe and Provides Little If Any Benefit

March 27, 2013

DELICATE THINGS REQUIRE DELICATE HANDLING When I was a teenager, one of my hobbies was making small transistor radios.  It sounds complicated, but is well within the reach of an average 15-year-old.  You get some magazine articles, learn how to read a circuit, and learn how to use a soldering iron. A transistor is a […]

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Mental Health After Newtown

March 13, 2013

On March 5, 2013, a bipartisan panel of leading mental health experts and parents of children with “mental disorders” held a conversation (that’s newspeak for meeting) in Washington D.C. on the topic: Violence and Severe Mental Illness. The invited panelists were: Thomas Insel, MD, Director of NIMH Harold Koplewicz, MD, President of Child Mind Institute […]

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