pharmaceutical industry

Doctor knows best, poisoned chalices, and beings on drugs: Young people’s accounts of getting the diagnosis of bipolar disorder

This account by JP Marshall of part of a research study has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “Not long ago, as part of a research study, I asked six young people how it was for them to…
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Book Review: ‘Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription’ by Michael P. Hengartner

This book review by Marion Brown has been published by BJGP Life (which publishes comment and opinion on research and clinical care for the primary care community): “Hengartner begins ‘Over my academic career, I went into different stages of belief and disbelief.’…
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Celexa, Lexapro & the Death of Evidence-Based Medicine

This article has been published on the website of American legal firm Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman. It begins: “‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive!” From Walter Scott’s epic poem, Marmion. This is the story of…
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The illusion of evidence based medicine

“Evidence based medicine has been corrupted by corporate interests, failed regulation, and commercialisation of academia, argue these authors” This article by Jon Jureidini and Leemon B. McHenry has been published in the British Medical Journal. It begins (with footnotes excluded, but…
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Are We Homogenizing The Global View Of A Normal Mind?

This article from 2013 comes from P. Murali Doraiswamy (Professor of Psychiatry, Translational Neuroscience Division, Duke University Health System) and has been published by the Edge. It begins: “Should we worry about the consequences of exporting America’s view of an unhealthy…
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This Teen Was Prescribed 10 Psychiatric Drugs. She’s Not Alone

“Increasingly, anxious and depressed teens are using multiple, powerful psychiatric drugs, many of them untested in adolescents or for use in tandem.” This article by Matt Richtel has been published in the New York Times. It begins: “One morning in the…
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Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs

This book (with relevance to the psychiatry’s prescribing of psychotropic drugs on a massive scale) has been written by investigative journalist Melody Petersen. The publishers say: “In an odyssey into the dark side of American medicine, an award-winning journalist reveals how…
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The Fight for Pharma Accountability and Psychiatric Rights: Jim Gottstein, Esq

Dr. Awais Aftab (psychiatrist) has interviewed Jim Gottstein for the Psychiatric Times. Subtitled “A lawyer weighs in on pharmaceutical corruption and involuntary psychiatric care”. The introduction to the interview begins: “The Zyprexa Papers is a fascinating story of how Gottstein obtained and…
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How to take the news that depression has not been shown to be caused by a chemical imbalance

This article is from psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff. It begins: “For decades people have been told that depression is caused by a serotonin deficiency. This was the rationale behind the introduction of the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) antidepressants in the…
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A Decisive Blow to the Serotonin Hypothesis of Depression

This article by Christopher Lane has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “Almost as soon as it was floated in 1965 by Harvard psychiatrist Joseph Schildkraut, the serotonin hypothesis of  depression —reduced and simplified by pharma marketing to the ‘chemical imbalance’…
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