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Who Should Take Antidepressants?Posted June 14, 2013 The Atlantic
James Hamblin, MD finds much to question re: psychiatry and the diagnosis of depression. For example, a recent study at Johns Hopkins found that more than 60 percent of adults who were diagnosed by their doctor as having depression actually did not meet the official diagnostic criteria for the disorder upon re-evaluation by Hopkins psychiatrists. Some of them may have been prescribed antidepressant medications when their real problem was something else entirely.”
“After controlling for anxiety, they found that patients who were discharged while receiving venlafaxine were 3 times more likely to be readmitted compared with those who did not receive an antidepressant at discharge or those who received other antidepressants “
Editor- Remeron and Prozac doubled the rate of infection of the potentially deadly Clostridiuum difficile infection. WebMD characterizes this as ‘may raise gastro risk’.
“Psychiatry is under attack for not being scientific enough, but the real problem is its blindness to culture. When it comes to mental illness, we wear the disorders that come off the rack.” How cultral prejudice influences the DSM.
“Recess traditionally has been a time for kids to run and play between classes, but only five or six students were playing soccer during this lunch break. The rest were gathered in clusters by the bleachers next to the soccer field, looking at smartphones.” And the answer is – more drugs??
Female patients show better results when grouped with other females- feel safer.Posted www.theverge.com May 28, 2013
“While the DSM’s text is introduced with a caveat that it’s only to be used for clinical, educational, and research purposes, the book has another key application: It’s often used as a way to make decisions within governing bodies, in court, and in the criminal justice system.”
“In a study conducted by Reiman, 66 percent of patients used cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs while 68 percent used cannabis as a subsitute for prescription drugs to treat chronic illness. And 85 percent of patients reported that cannabis had fewer side effects than other prescribed medicine”www.thestreet.com
The recurrence risk for depression or panic was much shorter after rapid than after gradual discontinuation of antidepressants. These findings have implications for both clinical management and the design and interpretation of clinical trials.Antipsychotics linked to sudden cardian death risk
Oregon Health and Science University ongoing studyPosted Clinical Psychiatry News May 24, 2013
“Both the second-generation as well as the first-generation antipsychotic agents proved independently associated with greater than threefold increased risks of sudden cardiac death, according to results from a large, population-based study.” Olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperdal implicated. Abilify- not a large enough control group studied. All classes seem to imply the same risks of SCD- sudden cardiac death.
More disappointing news for pharma investors and industry insiders. Doctors discover Vitamin B at pennies per dose seems to dramatically curb symptoms associated with dementia. Two year study.
The director of the NIMH claims the DSM-5 “lacks validity”. The Onion captured it best: “More U.S. Children Being Diagnosed with Youthful Tendency Disorder”.Bruce Levine discusses the insidious state of affairs between government, medicine, and big pharma – the “psychiatric-pharmaceutical industrial complex” and states the practices involved need to be abolished by law.
NIMH Director’s Blog – Transforming DiagnosisPosted by www.nimh.nih.gov April 29, 2013
Director Thomas Insel writes about the shortcomings of the DSM and the new direction of the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) towards a more vliad, scientific approach.www.salon.com May 5, 2013 Review of book written by psychotherapist Gary Greenberg
An account of the making of the new DSM questions whether psychiatry is — or should be — a sciencewww.sciencemag.org May 2013
The NIMH has been developing its new framework, called the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), since 2009. The system replaces DSM diagnoses with broad research categories based on basic cognitive, behavioural and neural mechanisms.
NIMH seriously skeptical of DSM-5. Seeking other alternatives. Driven by huge disappointments in psychiatric research over the last two decades.
Psychiatry’s guide out of touch with science.
Conflicting personal feelings discussed by prominent SA writer about psychiatry and its current issues.
Researchers from the University of Michigan revealed that individuals who suffer from depression and those taking antidepressants such as mirtazapine and fluoxetine had a much higher chance of contracting Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) – a life threatening infection that can cause severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon.Posted www.salon.com 4/28/2013
6 ways pharma fuels the drug machine for additional profits by Martha Rosenberg
Article by Martha Rosenberg. Merck mocks patients with serious and documented health concerns.Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb (Posted February 19, 2013 on New York Times)
“Drug overdose deaths in the United States increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, rising 3.6 percent from 2009, federal officials reported Tuesday. There were 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Prescription drugs were involved in more than half of all overdoses, with 22,134 deaths from them, up 6 percent from 2009…”
“Anyway, I filled the prescription, came home and researched it a bunch, sat on it for a couple weeks and finally tried it because I was so sick of not being able to sleep. Turns out it’s more physiologically addictive than Adderall or coke or even speed. The pharmaceutical company that manufactures it does not authorize it for use longer than three weeks. No doctor, nurse, or pharmacist ever mentioned that to me.”
“What we call psychiatric practice,” he says, “is a certain moral tactic . . . covered over by the myths of positivism.” Indeed, what psychiatry presents as the “liberation of the mad” (from mental illness) is in fact a “gigantic moral imprisonment.”
It is increasingly recognized that chronic psychotropic drug treatment may lead to structural remodeling of the brain. Indeed, clinical studies in humans present an intriguing picture: antipsychotics, used for the treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis, may contribute to cortical gray matter loss in patients, whereas lithium, used for the treatment of bipolar disorder and mania, may preserve gray matter in patients.
“With over 90% of school shooters on antidepressants, we need to have a serious discussion about the role that prescription drugs might have played in the recent Connecticut massacre and other mass killings”, says Dr. Healy, CEO of RxISK.org.
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