Category: Screening & Diagnosis

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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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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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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