antipsychotics

What Is the Importance of Nassir Ghaemi’s Conclusion that Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Provide a Long-term Benefit?

“… [Nassir] Ghaemi, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, concluded that psychiatric drugs, except for lithium, do not provide a long-term benefit and thus should mostly be prescribed for short-term relief of symptoms.“ This article by Robert Whitaker has…
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Prescribing Antipsychotics in First Episode Psychosis

This course by Dr. Lex Wunderink (professor at the University of Gronigen in the Netherlands) is provided for free (or else a voluntary donation) by Mad in America Continuing Education. Subtitled “Is Less More?”, the course includes: IntroductionLecture videoDownload of lecture…
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Why popping a pill for every emotional problem is madness: Antidepressants and antipsychotics are now doled out in their millions… but an expert argues they can make your condition WORSE

Psychotherapist James Davies has written an article for the Daily Mail. It begins: “Medicine has progressed at an astonishing rate over the past 40 years. If, in the late 1970s, a child had contracted leukaemia, their chances of survival would have…
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‘They saw me as mad and needing to be medicated’ | Modern Masculinity

This 14 minute video comes from The Guardian. The producers say: “In this episode of Modern Masculinity, journalist Iman Amrani speaks to Chris, who after being diagnosed with schizophrenia spent a long time in the mental health system. They discuss medication,…
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Real-world effectiveness of antipsychotic treatment in psychosis prevention in a 3-year cohort of 517 individuals at clinical high risk from the SHARP (ShangHai At Risk for Psychosis)

This study has been published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. The abstract says: “Objective: Antipsychotics are widely used for treating psychosis, but it is unclear whether they can also prevent psychosis. This study attempted a longitudinal evaluation…
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Twenty-year effects of antipsychotics in schizophrenia and affective psychotic disorders

“This study reports multiple findings that bring into question the use of continuous antipsychotic medications, regardless of diagnosis …” This study by Prof. Martin Harrow, Dr. Thomas Jobe and Dr. Liping Tong has been published in Psychological Medicine. The abstract says:…
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The BBC, Harrow, and a Public Left in the Dark

“Martin Harrow and Thomas Jobe began their study, which was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, in the late 1970s. They enrolled 200 psychotic patients who had been treated conventionally in a mental hospital with antipsychotics and simply…
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Patient Experiences With Antipsychotics Largely Negative, Survey Shows

The investigators suggested that studies focusing on symptom reduction, including [randomized clinical trials], may be missing the broader impact of drugs on people’s lives. This article by Emily Pond on the Psychiatry Advisor website begins: “According to survey results published in…
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Bad things happen and can drive you crazy

“Of 701 people who had taken antipsychotics, far more (76%) believed their difficulties were the result of life events and circumstances than subscribed to a ‘medical model’ perspective (17%).” As published in the journal Psychiatry Research, the full title of…
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