Pharmaceutical branding: “building the perfect beast”

Each word has an entire volume of history attached to it.  Where does it come from?  How was it used in other places, other times?  Tracing the ancestry of a word through etymology reveals ancient understandings of the need for and role of such a word in a culture and tracks philosophical shifts over time... Continue Reading →

Bipolar Disorder ‘misdiagnosed in a quarter of cases’

An excerpt from an article on Medical News Today: They found that over 25% of the patients with bipolar disorder had initially had their condition misdiagnosed as unipolar depression. Misdiagnosis often occurs because the symptoms of bipolar disorder overlap with depression and other psychiatric disorders. However, misdiagnosis can cause serious problems. For example, if people... Continue Reading →

Will Hall’s updated recovery story

I posted Will Hall's story a couple years ago and at that point it was already at least a couple of years old. He updated his story six months ago and asked that I publish the newer version here as well. So here it is. Since I was a child I've struggled with extreme emotions,... Continue Reading →

Vogue Magazine takes on the toxicity of Paxil in pregnancy!!

Amazing but true!! This is a major victory. Vogue is as mainstream and (frankly disgusting) a magazine as you can get, but it's so outrageously popular that this is really amazing and wonderful and may save hundreds of babies lives. It talks about the risks of taking medications in general while pregnant. With all the... Continue Reading →

Symbax—the Zyprexa/Prozac Eli Lilly combo drug approved for depression

This drug was approved quite a long time ago for "bipolar-depression," and has now been approved for plain old garden variety depression, uh, make that "treatment resistant" garden-variety depression which seems to be about 70% of depression because, well, the treatment psychiatry routinely uses DON'T work. Nope antidepressants routinely don't work, so now they want... Continue Reading →

Alison Bass asks: Is psychiatry more corrupt than other medical specialties?

Alison Bass, a critic of pharma and author of the bestselling and wonderful book Side Effects A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, does a post today on her blog, pondering the above question in the title of this post. It's well-worth reading and it's time I introduce Alison to those of... Continue Reading →

Beating the anti-antidepressant drum….It’s Life, Not Depression

This is all old news, but I always have some new readers so I'm posting this excerpt from NaturalNews. If any of this info is new to you, please read the whole article. It's a nice little primer about how big pharma works, complete with the issues of disease mongering etc. It's also a nice... Continue Reading →

Researcher Slams SSRIs, Citing Large Risks And Small Benefits

I got this PDF file emailed to me yesterday, but wasn't well enough to take a good look at it, so just visit Furious Seasons's today. This is a VERY important step forward. Furious Seasons no longer exists so here is a copy of the original post: March 19, 2009 Researcher Slams SSRIs, Citing Large... Continue Reading →

Antidepressant Use Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

For days the headlines have been screaming that depression is associated with sudden cardiac disease and death in women. Today this study perhaps tells us more! From MedScape today: A new analysis has found that major depression predicted cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in women participating in the Nurses' Health Study [1]. The hazard ratios were... Continue Reading →

A most important post for anyone contemplating psychiatric drug withdrawal

In a response to a post the other day about the horrors of Cymbalta, a drug which among many other awful things is also awful to withdraw from, as are all psychotropics potentially, I got this comment. I’m working on a taper off Cymbalta, been on it for a bit more than two years, and... Continue Reading →

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