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Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health

A Q&A with an expert who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



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British Psychologists Find Fault With DSM-V

England’s Division of Clinical Psychology, which represents more than 10,000 practitioners, has criticized the latest edition of the field’s leading diagnostic manual for its categorizing of normal behaviors—such as shyness in children and depression after the death of a loved one—as medical problems treatable with drugs.

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Doctors Get a Clue About How Shock Therapy Works

It’s long been a subject of controversy, as well as a few dramatic movie scenes, but electroconvulsive therapy, aka shock therapy, also appears to work when other treatments don’t in some persistent cases of depression. Now the medical community has a little more insight into how it helps patients.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Study: Prescription Sleeping Pills May Cause Cancer, Death

Having trouble catching enough shut-eye? Consider this before reaching for the Ambien: According to a new study published in BMJ Open, the potential risks of popping pills to help you sleep may far outweigh the benefits.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Norway Shooter Declared Insane

This may not come as particularly surprising news, but psychiatry experts tasked with examining Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people and injured 151 in a mass shooting in his home country last summer, have concluded that he is insane.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Antidepressant Nation Revisited

Dr. Marcia Angell has drawn harsh criticism from members of the psychiatric community for her essay doubting the efficacy of antidepressants, published in The New York Review of Books last month. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Antidepressant Nation

A serious conversation is under way in the United States on the subject of psychiatric drugs. The debate consists of three fundamental issues: first, whether antidepressants actually treat depression; second, the vast, growing body of evidence that psychotropic medications ... (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Report Says Army Could Have Prevented Anthrax Attacks

The man accused of carrying out the anthrax attacks that killed five people and made 17 others sick, the late Dr. Bruce Ivins, on the basis of his psychological profile should not have been allowed to have access to the toxic spores, according to a new report.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



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The Big Business of Sex Addiction

Cast your mind back to a time before sex addiction qualified as a legitimate issue rather than a snarky euphemism (although for some that might still be the case). Hard to remember, what with the Bill Clintons and Tiger Woodses ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Doctors Propose Revisions to DSM Manual

What ends up (or doesn’t) in the DSM manual, otherwise known as the bible of psychiatry, can have a major impact on patients, doctors and, of course, Big Pharma. So, it’s no surprise that the debates and discussions around what will be included in the DSM’s fifth edition are already involved and intense, some three years before the guidebook is due to be released.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Americans Double Down on Antidepressants

The number of Americans who are exploring the concept of better living through antidepressant chemistry nearly doubled in the decade from 1996 to 2005, according to a study published in Archives of General Psychiatry—and that was well before the economic meltdown.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Psychiatrists Chart a Disorderly Territory

Drawing the lines between quirky behavior and potential mental disorder can be, well, a sketchy business, but psychiatrists working on the fifth iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) are doing just that right now, sparking debates within and outside of their community about possible new additions to the manual.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Faux Attack ‘Victim’ Ordered to Undergo Counseling

Ashley Todd, the 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer who admitted that she had made up her story about being mugged by a 6’ 4” black man who carved a “B” into her face on Oct. 22, has been released from jail under the condition that she undergo psychiatric treatment.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Shock Therapy Buzzes On

Tens of thousands of the desperately depressed sign up every year in the U.S. to have electricity-induced grand mal seizures even though nobody has ever figured out why the treatment works or how severe the associated brain damage is. The good news: You no longer have to be awake, and muscle relaxants now keep your bones from breaking.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Step Away From the Blackberry

There’s a new kind of addiction out there, to which many of us are currently vulnerable, and from which some of us may be suffering right this moment: According to one Dr. Jerald Block, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, excessive e-mailing and text messaging could be a form of mental illness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


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