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It’s Health’s Illusions I Recall, I Really Don’t Know Health at All

This article from David Healy and Harriet Vogt has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “There is a core concept shaping the ‘market’ in health, the concept of an assay, that few doctors or patients understand. Even fewer spot…
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The influence of paid opinion leaders on the prescribing of antidepressants in the UK

A former NHS psychiatrist has submitted two rapid responses to the BMJ (British Medical Journal) in relation to  this published letter : Reversing the rate of antidepressant prescribing. The first response begins: “I see that there have been a number of responses to this letter: Reversing the rate…
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Conflicts of interest in clinical guidelines, advisory committee reports, opinion pieces, and narrative reviews: associations with recommendations

“This study has been published in the Cochrane Database Syst Rev. The abstract says: “Background Treatment and diagnostic recommendations are often made in clinical guidelines, reports from advisory committee meetings, opinion pieces such as editorials, and narrative reviews. Quite often, the…
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Psychiatry overwhelmed by referrals for ‘normal emotions’

Helen McArdle reports for The Herald newspaper: “Acute mental  health  services are becoming overwhelmed by referrals for people with ‘normal negative human emotions’”‘ who may actually be harmed by treatment, a leading psychiatrist has said. In an interview with the Herald Dr…
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Rapid Response: No good argument for treating mild depression with antidepressants

A response – published in the British Medical Journal – to the argument put forward by Jauhar et al who support the current scale of antidepressant prescribing, including for mild conditions, and for those provoked by social and economic conditions:…
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ADHD Tests Lead to Mass Overdiagnosis, Researchers Warn

This article by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “ADHD rating scales and screening measures lead to a high number of people inappropriately diagnosed with ADHD, according to a study in the Journal of Attention Disorders. Specifically, the…
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STAR*D Dethroned?

“Since 2006, STAR*D stands out as an icon guiding treatment decisions of major depressive disorder. But what if it is broken?“ This article by Dr. John J. Miller has been published in Psychiatric Times. It begins: “In the treatment of  major depressive disorder  (MDD),…
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Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry: How Modern Psychiatry Lost Its Way While Creating a Diagnosis for Almost All of Life’s Misfortunes

This book comes from Joel Paris. The publishers say: “Dr. Joel Paris’s Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry takes a much-needed look at the dangerous epidemic of unnecessary or incorrect treatments. The last 30 years of psychiatry have seen the development of a system of classification…
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The Rise and Fall of the Age of Psychopharmacology

This book has been written by Edward Shorter. The publishers say: “The Age of Psychopharmacology began with a brilliant rise in the 1950s, when for the first time science entered the study of drugs that affect the brain and mind. But, esteemed…
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General psychiatry, still in no-man’s land after all these years

This arti c le by Dr. Martin Deahl (psychiatrist) has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It begins: “In 1997 Trevor Turner and I published an editorial in this journal that we titled ‘General psychiatry in no-man’s land’, outlining the trials…
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