Category: Psychiatry

Medico-Security-Industrial Complex

An excellent analysis on PharmaWatch Canada critically explores the past 10 years of strengthening relationships between various public and private bodies to create an expanding “medico-security-industrial complex,” particularly through the use of expanding mental health laws. The ghost of Adam…

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GlaxoSmithKline $3 Billion Settlement

At $3 billion, the July 2, 2012 settlement between the U.S. government and GlaxoSmithKline happens to be the biggest single criminal and civil liability penalty against a pharmaceutical company in history (so far). Thankfully, the agreement didn’t involve suppressing all…

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Antipsychotics in Kids Skyrocketing in BC

Several articles explore dramatically rising rates of antipsychotic prescribing in BC children. Watch out for a mixed bag in terms of who’s being quoted and numbers getting muddled up and incomprehensible at times, but the overall message is clear that…

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Depression Screening Criticized in CMAJ

The Canadian Medical Association Journal has run an interesting review of the evidence surrounding depression screening. Despite the massive machinery promoting people getting tested for depression that’s being run by corporations and mental health organizations, the researchers found there’s no…

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New Canadian book of critical thinking on psychiatry

A new book called Mad Matters has been released from Canadian Scholars Press. It’s a collection of writings by academics, psychiatric survivors, activists and others taking critical perspectives on the psychiatry industry, that gives a fascinating overview of the emerging…

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Study of Mental Health Websites and Bias

A meta-analysis of studies of mental health websites and their biases has produced some interesting findings. Here’s a good article about it. And the abstract: A literature review and meta-analysis of drug company–funded mental health websites Read J, Cain A.…

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Health Canada Reports Children Dying from Antipsychotics

Postmedia News reports that children are dying from antipsychotic drugs which Health Canada hasn’t even approved for doctors to be prescribing to children in the first place. Once reserved for schizophrenia and mania in adults, the drugs are increasingly being…

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Drug Researcher Says BC Liberals Fired Him to Protect Pharma Donations

Drug researcher Bill Warburton alleges in a lawsuit that he was fired along with others in a BC Health Ministry purge because the BC Liberals were trying to protect and increase donations from pharmaceutical companies heading into an election. Here’s…

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Gary Greenberg Criticizes DSM and Psychiatry

Terrific interview in The Atlantic with psychotherapist and author Gary Greenberg about issues surrounding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Psychiatry was in a crisis in the 1970s over questions like “what is a mental illness?” and “what…

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Study: Depression Dramatically Overdiagnosed, Drugs Overprescribed

A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study found that 2/3rds of people diagnosed with depression and taking psychiatric medications for it did not actually meet the criteria for being depressed. The tendency was particularly acute amongst older people:…

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DSM Petitions

At least two major online petitions are underway, being spearheaded by medicine, psychiatry, and psychology professionals, to boycott and throw out the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Is the DSM-5 Safe? Open Letter to the…

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