Saturday, July 22, 2017

9 Questions the US Senate Should Ask Dr. McCance-Katz

Mental health agencies are mainly asking about Dr. Ellie McCance-Katz's positions regarding “recovery” and “peers,” but here are some tougher questions for President Trump's new "mental health czar": Do you support or oppose court-ordered psychiatric drugging? Do you endorse the current use of federal money for it? Why aren’t non-drug alternatives offered to Americans?

9 Questions the US Senate Should Ask Dr. McCance-Katz

Mental health agencies are mainly asking about Dr. Ellie McCance-Katz's positions regarding “recovery” and “peers,” but here are some tougher questions for President Trump's new "mental health czar": Do you support or oppose court-ordered psychiatric drugging? Do you endorse the current use of federal money for it? Why aren’t non-drug alternatives offered to Americans?

Makers of Risperdal Sued for Breast Development in Boys

Thousands of boys and young men are lined up in courthouses around the country to sue J&J for gynecomastia caused by taking Risperdal as young children. The condition is irreversible except by surgical removal. Collectively, they have become known as the Risperdal Boys.

People of Great Britain! Our Beast Descends Upon Your Children

Scientific evidence indicates that antidepressants do not help children. In light of such high risks to the child’s wellbeing, these psychiatric chemicals are clearly doing more harm than good. What kind of society would permit this assault on its children?

“Maybe You Need Meds”: From Passive Patient to Finding My Voice

I made journaling non-negotiable. I started sitting in nature and running trails. I practiced being present and prioritized sleep. These things are often seen as what you do if your problems aren’t really that bad. But to me, these are the things I do to save myself every day.

Methylphenidate: How to Avoid Importing the American Disaster?

Even though it is extremely unlikely that in France we would reach the kinds of percentages we see in the USA, where in some states nearly 10% of children are treated with methylphenidate or other psychostimulants not used in France, overprescription is highly probable. Why?

While Psychiatry Slept (Part II)

The new wave of psychosocial treatments is encouraging, but does not go far enough in recognizing psychosis as an attempt by the psyche to heal itself. Until psychiatrists receive training in metaphor and symbol, we will continue gluing the pieces of Humpty-Dumpty back together again.

MIA Radio

In episode 5 of the MIA podcast, Monica Cassani shares her own experiences of the psychiatric system, how a persons sensitivity can be affected by psychiatric treatment and how she helps and supports others to achieve health in body, mind and spirit.

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Lancet Psychiatry Needs to Retract the ADHD-Enigma Study

Lancet Psychiatry, a UK-based medical journal, recently published a study that concluded brain scans showed that individuals diagnosed with ADHD had smaller brains. That conclusion is belied by the study data. The journal needs to retract this study. UPDATE: Lancet Psychiatry (online) has published letters critical of the study, and the authors' response, and a correction.

Antipsychotics: Short and Long-Term Effects

Sandra Steingard, MD, provides an in-depth review of psychiatric medications: their mechanism of action, their efficacy over the short and long-term, and their side effects. She then sets forth an evidence-based protocol for a more selective use of neuroleptics.

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