Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

There are 2 comments on the The Snapper story from Oct 3, 2012, titled Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. In it, The Snapper reports that:

You see the commercials and hear the stories about depression and bipolar disorders.

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Phoenix, AZ

#1 Oct 12, 2012
For those who are suffering depression and anxiety, a good support is very important. Having a support group will boost the will power of a person who is undergoing a tough time. It may help to take some medications but they do not always work well for everyone. That is why Zoloft users have visited to know more about the drug.
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Saint Petersburg, FL

#2 Nov 3, 2012
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

(Formerly National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association – NDMDA)
The NDMDA was one of the major front groups established in 1986 that could lobby Congress for further research funds and mental health budgets. They were formed shortly after psychiatrist Herbert Pardes left the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as director and was an advisor to NDMDA (since 2002 called the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, DBSA). By 1999, at least 7 NIMH psychiatrists were on its advisory board, including Charles Nemeroff who was Chairman of the Board of Directors Executive Committee (whose conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry recently came under Senate Finance Committee investigation). During the decade following the establishment of NDMDA (and similar groups), federal funds to the NIMH budget increased 233%—from a total of $1.7 billion between 1978 and 1986 to more than $5.6 billion in the decade following. Since 1987 the NIMH budget has increased nearly 1,000%—in 2008 reported at almost $19 billion...


“The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure.”( ; accessed 11/2/06)

Corporate Sponsors Include:

Abbott Laboratories
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Eli Lilly and Company
Janssen Pharmaceutica Products
Pfizer Inc
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
$10,000 -$149,000
MedEd Resource Group
Merck & Co., Inc.
$5,000 -$9,999
Cyberonics, Inc.
Forest Laboratories
Neuronetics, Inc.

"Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance " a store front for big pharma.

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