Military use of antipsychotics headache for pharma, trauma might be the only problem – not “mental illness” and Pfizer to pay $142.1 M: Monday news and blogs

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  • Military Use of Antipsychotics Threatens New Headaches for AstraZeneca, J | BNET Pharma Blog | BNET — AstraZeneca (AZ) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) can expect a fresh round of PR headaches from a brewing Senate inquiry into military personnel taking antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder associated with combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. — There’s currently no good information on how many soldiers are taking psychiatric drugs while on duty or when they get home. That, in a nutshell, is what Pentagon officials told a Senate panel looking into the issue of whether too many soldiers and veterans are on these drugs and whether they’re doing more harm than good.
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  • Awaken in the Dream — Shamanic Transference — by Paul Levy — Transference and Countertransference in the psychotherapeutic relationship. This article gets at the heart of the problem with all psychotherapy. The therapist is always above reproach in the end and that leaves the whole discipline fatally flawed in my opinion.
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  • Poop Is the Most Important Indicator of Your Health | Food | AlterNet — Over 70 percent of the human body’s immune cells are found in the gut’s mucosal lining. A healthy gut means more immunity, and a healthy gut is a gut in which good bacteria outnumber bad.
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  • Are You Still Suffering from Memories of an Unpleasant Experience? | Psychology Today — Trauma is routinely diagnosed as mental illness. This guy addresses the issue. — I have seen a fair number of cases where people had symptoms that masqueraded as anxiety and depressive disorders, but when we explored the historical events in a person’s life, these symptoms could be traced to milder traumatic or unpleasant experiences than are not normally associated with PTSD. And yet, their symptoms were exactly those of PTSD. In my experience, a milder traumatic event does not necessarily lead to a milder set of symptoms. — If you think you might be suffering from a past distressing experience, see if any of the following symptoms rings true for you: having recurrentnightmares, flashbacks, upsetting thoughts, or memories; feeling distressed when you’re reminded of it; having physical symptoms, such as a racing heart or sweating when it comes to mind; irritability, jumpiness, angry outbursts, or difficulty sleeping; or feeling distant, negative, or uninterested in activities you used to enjoy. I’ve found that these are some of the classic PTSD symptoms you can get from an unpleasant experience, even if that experience would not be defined as “intensely traumatic.”
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  • Pfizer Told to Pay $142.1 Million for Neurontin Fraud (Update3) – Bloomberg.com – Pfizer Inc. violated U.S. racketeering law in the marketing of its epilepsy drug Neurontin and should pay $142.1 million in damages, a jury decided.
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