Medical College of Wisconsin Names Dr. Jon Lehrmann to Hold Kubly...
Aug 5, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WauwatosaNOW.com
The Medical College of Wisconsin has named Jon Lehrmann, M.D., to hold the Charles E. Kubly Chair in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.
These Popular Drugs Can Make You Violent – Avoid Them
Some medications have been linked to an increased risk for violent, even homicidal behavior. A recent study identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with violent behavior.
Time Magazine lists the top ten offenders:
1. Varenicline (Chantix): The number one violence-inducing drug on the list, this anti-smoking medication is 18 times more likely to be linked with violence when compared to other drugs
2. Fluoxetine (Prozac): This drug was the first well-known SSRI antidepressant
3. Paroxetine (Paxil): Another SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with severe withdrawal symptoms and a risk of birth defects
4. Amphetamines:(Various): Used to treat ADHD
5. Mefoquine (Lariam): A treatment for malaria which is often linked with reports of strange behavior
6. Atomoxetine (Strattera): An ADHD drug that affects the neurotransmitter noradrenaline
7. Triazolam (Halcion): This potentially addictive drug is used to treat insomnia
8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox): Another SSRI antidepressant
9. Venlafaxine (Effexor): An antidepressant also used to treat anxiety disorders
10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq): An antidepressant which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline
Time Magazine January 7, 2011
PLoS One December 15, 2010; 5(12)
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Antidepressants 'make young more than twice as likely to feel suicidal'
Taking antidepressants can make young people more than twice as likely to feel suicidal, a new review of scientific studies shows.
By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
Published: 7:00AM BST 12 Aug 2009
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By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
Published: 7:00AM BST 12 Aug 2009
The drugs reduced the likelihood of older people having suicidal thoughts but significantly increased the risk among 18 to 25-year-olds, according to the findings.
Patients taking 18 different antidepressants, including the controversial drug Seroxat, which has previously been linked to fears it could increase the risk of suicide, were included in the review, one of the largest of its kind and involving almost 100,000 adults.
Researchers found that suicidal thoughts and behaviour among under 25-year-olds on antidepressants were up to 2.3 times more common than those who were given a placebo.
Antidepressant drugs currently carry warnings that they could increase suicidal thoughts and behaviour, especially among younger patients.
Previous studies have suggested that the medications can increase the risk of suicide among children and adolescents.
In 2003 doctors were warned not to give most common antidepressants to under 18s, because of fears that the risks outweighed the benefits.
The latest findings, published online by the British Medical Journal, show that there was no increased risk among 25 to 64-year-olds, and that the risk fell in patients aged 65 and above.
The team who carried out the research, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in America, believe that the results show that antidepressants can promote suicidal thoughts or behaviour in some patients, particularly those in the younger age brackets.
For older patients, however they have a protective effect that can reduce any risk of suicide.
Experts believe that some antidepressants can give patients the "energy" to carry through their suicidal thoughts.
The FDA has called for more detailed research on the side effects of the drugs, especially in different age groups.
Of the almost 99,231 patients included in the review, eight committed suicide, 134 attempted suicide and 10 made preparations without actually trying to kill themselves.
Another 378 patients said that they had thought about committing suicide but had not acted.
Latest figures show that there were 34 million prescriptions for antidepressants written in Britain in 2007.
Prof John Geddes and colleagues from the University of Oxford, also writing in the BMJ, warned that a "fundamental uncertainty" remained over the role of the drugs in promoting suicidal thoughts, particularly as there was a low number of actual suicides in the study.
However, they added: "It is becoming apparent that antidepressants vary in both their efficacy and adverse effects."
The risks could "vary greatly" between individual drugs, they added.
Between 1993 and 2002, there were 4,767 deaths in England and Wales involving antidepressant drugs, according to the Office of National Statistics, just under 80 per cent of which were suicides.
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There Are NO tests for "Chemical Imbalances"
American Psychiatric Association admitted it lied to the American Public
Without a test for chemical balance the mental health (psychiatry) is limited in the ancillary tests of medicine like an EKG, EEG, blood work or other tests in the diagnoses of a patient. They aren't needed in Psychiatry. Psychiatry wouldn't know a good chemical balance from a bad chemical balance or an imbalance of chemistry in the brain. It was a fraud designed to drug and addict the American (world) population and to create a mentally compromised person for political and financial reasons.
The psychiatric diagnosis is made on the basis of behavior and hearsay at the discretion and feeling of the therapist (psychiatrist) who makes money from the prescription drugs and office visits.
If we respect metabolic changes based on daily dietary habits, weight gain / loss , terms of the survival of the organisms as a person age along with physical conditioning, physical illness, electrolyte level, gender differences , body temperature, I don't see where the Mental Health Industry could conform to any consistency in data with consideration to the above to state a person has a mental disease or illness based on chemical imbalance.
The fraud has been going on for more then 40 years since H W Bush was CEO, Eli Lilly and before his VP under the Reagan Presidency (1980's) when the essential Amino Acid "Tryptophan" was limited in the food chain by the FDA and Prozac entered the market place. Lots of people compromised under the fraud of mental health services with made to order mental illnesses with mind altering drugs as the capitalist & political solution for some.
There Are No "Chemical Imbalances"
"The hypothetical disturbances of neurochemical function that are said to underlie "mental illness" are just that: hypothetical. No experiment has ever shown that anyone has an "imbalance" of any neurotransmitters or any other brain chemicals. Nor could any conceivable experiment demonstrate the existence of a "chemical imbalance," simply because no one, least of all the biopsychiatrists, has the slightest idea what a proper and healthy chemical "balance" would look like."
"...the views and beliefs of biopsychiatry have nothing to do with the answers to scientific questions in any case: the hunt for biological "causes" of "mental illness" is an entirely fallacious enterprise in the first place; the non- existence of data to support its assertions is quite beside the point."
"The latest edition of one pharmacology text has this to say about the status of depression as a disease: "Despite extensive efforts, attempts to document the metabolic changes in human subjects predicted by these [biological] hypotheses have not, on balance, provided consistent or compelling corroboration." This is a long-winded way of admitting that not even a scrap of evidence supports the idea that depression results from a "chemical imbalance." Yet patients are told every day - by their doctors, by the media, and by drug company advertising - that it is a proven scientific fact that depression has a known biochemical origin. It follows directly that millions of Americans are being lied to by their doctors; and people surely can't give informed consent for drug treatment when what they're being "informed" is a fraud...
To sum up: there is no evidence whatsoever to support the view that "mental illness" is biochemical in origin; in other words, things like "Unipolar Disorder" and "Attention Deficit Disorder" simply do not exist."
Psychiatry is dangerous. No science
Brain Stains: Traumatic therapies can have long-lasting effects on mental health
A wave of nausea washed over Sheri J. Storm when she opened the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on a February morning a decade ago and saw the headline:“Malpractice lawsuit: Plaintiff tells horror of memories. Woman emotionally testifies that psychiatrist planted false recollections.” The woman in the article shared a lot with Storm—the same psychiatrist, the same memories, the same diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. At that moment, Storm suddenly realized that her own illness and 200-plus personalities, though painfully real to her, were nothing more than a figment of her imagination—created by her trusted therapist, Kenneth Olson.
Storm initially sought treatment from Olson because of insomnia and anxiety associated with divorce proceedings and a new career in radio advertising. She had hoped for an antidepressant prescription or a few relaxation techniques. But after enduring hypnosis sessions, psychotropic medications and mental-ward hospitalizations, Storm had much more to worry about than stress. She had “remembered” being sexually abused by her father at the age of three and forced to engage in bestiality and satanic ritual abuse that included the slaughtering and consumption of human babies. According to her psychiatrist, these traumatic experiences had generated alternative personalities, or alters, within Storm’s mind.
Storm is now convinced that her multiple personality disorder was iatrogenic, the product of her “therapy.” But years after the psychiatric sessions have ceased, she is still tormented by vivid memories, nightmares and physical reactions to cues from her fictitious past. Although she was told that the false memories would fade over time, she has had a difficult time purging these “brain stains” from the fabric of her mind.
Storm’s case is similar to those of many other patients who underwent recovered-memory therapy that revealed sordid histories of sexual abuse and demonic ceremonies. Although the scientific literature suggests that traumatic events are rarely, if ever, repressed or forgotten, this type of therapy was widespread in the 1990s and is still practiced today. Only after several high-profile lawsuits did the American Medical Association issue warnings to patients about the unreliability of recovered memories. Nadean Cool, the patient described in the newspaper story that turned Storm’s life upside down, filed one such lawsuit. Cool received a $2.4-million settlement after 15 days of courtroom testimony. Amid the heated controversy, the American Psychiatric Association discontinued the diagnostic category of multiple personality disorder, replacing it with the slightly different diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder.
Ghostwriting complaint filed against Harvard doctor
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A University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist filed a complaint with the federal Office of Research Integrity accusing five psychiatrists, including Dr. Gary Sachs of Massachusetts General Hospital, of scientific misconduct.
Dr. Jay Amsterdam, a psychiatry professor at U.Penn., said that the five physicians allowed their names to be appended to a manuscript that was drafted by medical communications company Scientific Therapeutics Information, hired by SmithKline Beecham, now GlaxoSmithKline. The paper, he said in his July 8 letter to federal officials, misrepresented information from a research study on the antidepressant drug Paxil.
The manuscript was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 2001, and has been cited in hundreds of medical journal articles, textbooks, and practice guidelines. Amsterdam said the paper suggested that Paxil may be beneficial in the treatment of bipolar depression, without acknowledging the medical communication company’s contribution or the extent of GSK’s involvement.
E-mails that Amsterdam included with his complaint letter draw a picture of a political battle between Amsterdam and one of the paper’s authors, Dr. Laszlo Gyulai, associate professor of psychiatry at U.Penn, but also suggest that Scientific Therapeutics was deeply involved in publication of the research.
Amsterdam, who enrolled patients for the study, accused Gyulai of “misappropriating” his data and publishing it without his knowledge.
The e-mails between Amsterdam and several colleagues at U.Penn. also say, for example, that the medical communications company decided who would be the first author of the paper and that many participants “never had a chance to review or even just see the manuscript before it went to press.’’
Many leading medical centers and medical schools, including Mass. General and Harvard, have policies prohibiting researchers from lending their names to papers that are “ghostwritten’’ by industry.
The doctors Amsterdam names are: Dr. Dwight Evans, chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of Pennsylvania; Sachs, a Harvard Medical School professor; Gyulai; Dr. Charles Nemeroff, chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of Miami; and Dr. Charles Bowden, chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of Texas.
U.Penn. said it will investigate the allegations.
Harvard Medical School spokeswoman Gina Vild declined to comment.
The Office of Research Integrity did not return calls from the Globe asking whether it will investigate the complaint.
Sachs said in an e-mailed statement that he was “perplexed” by the allegations.“These allegations are simply inconsistent with my experience and the finding of the study,” he wrote.“When the data became available, I went to Philadelphia to help Dr Gyulai draft the manuscript. We started with a blank page. We passed several iterations between us and then to the other authors.”
He added that the manuscript was peer-reviewed and published in a high quality journal, and that the primary finding was that “neither of the antidepressants added benefit beyond that of lithium alone. It is this finding that is so frequently cited in the scientific literature.”
Liz Kowalczyk can be reached at email@example.com
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The (APA) DSM-V is the future version of the Mein Kampf.
Bombs and bullets will be replaced with mind drugs and psychotherapy (false memory) in future generations
That's certainly what Aldus Huxley predicted with his fictional Soma and it is happening today.
Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness
Every so often Al Frances says something that seems to surprise even him. Just now, for instance, in the predawn darkness of his comfortable, rambling home in Carmel, California, he has broken off his exercise routine to declare that “there is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.” Then an odd, reflective look crosses his face, as if he’s taking in the strangeness of this scene: Allen Frances, lead editor of the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (universally known as the DSM-IV), the guy who wrote the book on mental illness, confessing that “these concepts are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the boundaries.” For the first time in two days, the conversation comes to an awkward halt.
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There are no genetic tests, no brain scans, blood tests, chemical imbalance tests or X-rays that can scientifically/medically prove that any psychiatric disorder is a medical condition.
Psychiatric Diagnosis: Too Little Science, Too Many Conflicts of Interest [i]
Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.
There is a lot of pain and suffering in the world, and it is tempting to believe that the mental health community knows how to help. It is widely believed, both by mental health professionals and the general population, that if only a person gets the right psychiatric diagnosis, the therapist will know what kind of measures will be the most helpful. Unfortunately, that is not usually the case, and getting a psychiatric diagnosis can often create more problems than it solves, including a lifetime of being labeled, difficulties with obtaining affordable (or any) health insurance (due to now having a pre-existing condition), loss of employment, loss of child custody, the overlooking of physical illnesses and injuries because of everything being attributed to psychological factors, and the loss of the right to make decisions about one’s medical and legal affairs. The creation and use of psychiatric diagnosis, unlike, for instance, psychiatric drugs, is not overseen by any regulatory body, and rarely does anyone raise the question of what role the assignment of a psychiatric label has played in creating problems for individuals.[ii]
The Problematic History
These serious limitations have not prevented the authors of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), sometimes known as “the therapist’s Bible,” from making expansive claims about their knowledge and authority and wielding enormous power to decide who will and will not be called mentally ill and what the varieties of alleged mental illness will be. The DSM’s current edition is called DSM-IV-TR, and it was preceded by the original DSM (in 1952), then DSM-II (1968), DSM-III (1980), DSM-III-R (Third Edition Revised)(1987), DSM-IV (1994), and DSM-IV-TR (2000). The DSM-V is currently in preparation and slated for 2013 publication. Each time a new edition appears, the media ask whichever psychiatrist is the lead editor why a new edition was necessary, and like clockwork, each editor replies that it was because the previous edition really wasn’t scientific (Caplan, 1995). And each time a new edition appears, it contains many more categories than does the previous one. For instance, DSM-III-R contained 297 categories, and DSM-IV contained 374 (Caplan, 1995).
I served as an advisor to two of the DSM-IV committees, before resigning due to serious concerns after witnessing how fast and loose they play with the scientific research related to diagnosis (Caplan, 1995). The DSM is widely used, not only in the mental health system, but also in general medical practice, in schools, and in the courts. I have been involved since 1985 in trying to alert both therapists and the public to the manual’s unscientific nature and the dangers that believing in its objectivity poses. Since then, I have watched with interest a national trend toward gradually increasing openness to the idea that psychiatric diagnosis (A)is largely unscientific,(B)is highly subjective and political, and (C)can cause untold harm, ranging from the patients’ lowered self-confidence to loss of custody of children to loss of health insurance (because any psychiatric label can be considered evidence of a pre-existing condition) to loss of the right to make decisions about their medical and legal affairs.
More of this article:
Hidden and concealed from the public
The medical privacy act was enacted in 2004 (Republican Bush presidency) to hide and conceal medical, psychological or pharmaceutical wrong doing in services or products that harmed an individual or caused a health or Psychological problem in the society.
The Act stopped statistics and other pertinent information from the News media or persons with an interest (family)
The Mental Health Parity Scam
President Bush, in yet another slap at the free-enterprise system, wants to force health-insurance companies to cover mental illnesses in the way they cover bodily illnesses. This is known as “mental-health parity.”
According to the Washington Post, the psychiatrists in the audience applauded when Bush made his announcement. No kidding. They stand to reap big bucks if such legislation passes.
By what authority does the federal government order insurance companies to provide a particular kind of coverage? I thought we believe in capitalism in this country. There is nothing to prevent buyers and sellers of health insurance from bargaining to include any services they want. Some policies already include psychiatric services. Why is coercion advocated?
Because the price of the coverage is higher than people want to pay, and these days if you can’t get something you want through persuasion, you turn to force—more precisely, you ask the government to do it for you.
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