Psychotherapy and the Affordable Care Act * Ecstasy in the Consulting Room
The Antipsychotic Epidemic
It’s More Complicated Than That: Probing the complexities of the antidepressants debate
The recent spate of negative research findings and unfavorable media coverage of antidepressant drugs have obscured some important clinical issues.
- The end of the Psychotrophic Age? - Can Therapists Save the World? - Preventing Combat Trauma - Whatever Happened to Empathy?
Welcome to the new era of brain-based therapy
In the 1970s, the rise of Prozac, the DSM-III, and "evidence-based" therapies brought the appearance of coherence and order to mental health professions under the hegemony of medicine. Now multiple discoveries in neuroscience and other fields are challenging this "pax media" and ushering in a new era in the practice of psychotherapy.
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Is psychiatry going backward?
In his broadside against modern psychiatry, a historian claims that the entire profession has been undermined by the blind pursuit pf profit, bureaucratic regulation, political infighting, and shoddy research.
Assessing grad school training * Support groups and cancer survival * Is homosexuality a biological trait? * Therapists' intuitions * Children and divorce mediation * Placebos and antidepressants
Ritalin and the Growing Influence of Big Pharma
Researchers and practitioners alike have long been concerned that Ritalin use in childhood could lead to later drug abuse. But when a University of California researcher published a study that seemed to confirm those concerns, she set of a firestorm in the world of ADHD treatment.
How Soft Sell Has Replaced Hard Science
Emotional suffering, according to a new view, is a genetic glitch, successfully treatable by drugs. Depression is no longer thought to be shaped by such diverse forces as a sedentary, lonely or impoverished life;
the loss of love, health or community; "learned helplessness" or feelings of powerlessness arising from unsatisfying work or an abusive relationship. Its resolution no longer requires anyone to get meaningful support from others, to establish a collaborative relationship with a good psychotherapist, to draw on community resources, or for communities to address conditions that breed depression.
Is It the Drug of Choice or the Drug of Convenience?
It's midday at an elementary school in a comfortable American suburb. The lunch bell has just rung, and the kids are noisily pouring out of classrooms to enjoy a brief recess in the schoolyard before mealtime. Inside, next door to the principal's office, the school secretary is arranging bottles of medication on a tray.
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