An outline of how mental health system is biased toward medication

It has become apparent that huge numbers of people are receiving more medication, over longer periods of time, than what is optimal for their long term mental health.(Whitaker, 2010) What are the factors in the current mental health system that biases it toward greater use of medication than what is optimal? It is important that all of these areas be identified, since efforts to achieve medication optimization are likely to achieve only partial success at best if significant areas of bias remain unchallenged.

Does your doctor take payment from pharma? See here

I was pretty checked out when all this hit the news a while back and never saw this amazing and useful database that ProPublica put together. One can look at all payments made to physicians in all 50 states. Most of the doctors I've seen are clean. I did once see Terrence Ketter at Stanford... Continue Reading →

Study: Pharma Companies Top Military Industry in Defrauding U.S. Government

Story on Democracy Now A new study by the watchdog group Public Citizen has found that the pharmaceutical drug industry has become the biggest defrauder of the federal government, surpassing the defense industry. Public Citizen found that the drug industry paid out nearly $20 billion in penalties over the past two decades for violations of... Continue Reading →

Orgasm Inc.

Pretty sure I've mentioned this movie before, but it's still not been released so it's worth calling attention to it again. This is a great intro to how pharma works for people who are not otherwise affected by its deviousness. This film documents what is an attempt to make EVERY woman feel like she is... Continue Reading →

Study shows 31 prescription drugs (mostly psychiatric) associated with reports of violence towards others

  (updated July 20, 2012 -- I reposted this on the homepage and updated this) I thought it was a good time to repost this article from a couple of years ago. This is a discussion no one seems to want to have. What happens when a small percentage of the MULTI MILLIONS of people... Continue Reading →

Activism necessary if we want the truth about psychiatric medications be heard

Got an email from Bruce E. Levine alerting me to his new article/book review in ZMagazine. It ends with a few paragraphs on how the mainstream media is mostly ignoring Robert Whitaker's critical and important work on psychiatry and psychopharmaceuticals. Activism with each and everyone one of us participating is crucial to alert the public... Continue Reading →

“Creating the Bipolar Child: The Risks of Prescribing Antidepressants to Youth.”

By Robert Whitaker  Check out the story that appeared on August 30 on titled “Growing Up Bipolar,” and the one  on August 31 in the New York Times’s science section, titled “Lasting Pleasures, Robbed by Drug Abuse.” Both reveal a lot about the selective story-telling that forms our societal beliefs about mental disorders and psychotropic drugs.... Continue Reading →

The STAR*D Scandal: A New Paper Sums It All Up – New article by Robert Whitaker

By Robert Whitaker (printed with his permission, he retains copyright) The story of how the STAR*D results were misreported has been coming together for some time now, step by step, and a paper recently published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, along with a review of that paper published by Medscape Medical News on August 24, leads... Continue Reading →

Making a killing, Carl Elliot’s piece in Mother Jones — a death at the hands of a pharmaceutical drug trial

Here are excerpts of two of the many articles covering the Mother Jones piece by Carl Elliot. You can get access to it here. I found it very hard to view and so I've not read the whole thing. I've been familiar with this story about Mary Weiss and her son for a long time... Continue Reading →

Ketamine (ADDICTIVE RAVE PARTY DRUG) is “magic drug” for depression

I've written about this new use for Ketamine, a horse tranquilizer turned party drug, known as Special K on the rave scene. The excerpt below is the only part of the article that matters. Ketamine is 'magic drug' for depression Telegraph Glenn Garnham, a drug and alcohol counsellor for UK charity Admit voiced concerns over... Continue Reading →

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