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Clinician's Digest

Psychotherapy and the Affordable Care Act * Ecstasy in the Consulting Room

January/February 2014

Clinician's Digest II

The Antipsychotic Epidemic

January/February 2013

In Consultation

It’s More Complicated Than That: Probing the complexities of the antidepressants debate

January/February 2012
The recent spate of negative research findings and unfavorable media coverage of antidepressant drugs have obscured some important clinical issues.

Clinician's Digest

November/December 2010
- The end of the Psychotrophic Age? - Can Therapists Save the World? - Preventing Combat Trauma - Whatever Happened to Empathy?

The Rise and Fall of PaxMedica

Welcome to the new era of brain-based therapy

January/February 2010
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?

July/August 2009
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.

Clinician's Digest

May/June 2008
Assessing grad school training * Support groups and cancer survival * Is homosexuality a biological trait? * Therapists' intuitions * Children and divorce mediation * Placebos and antidepressants

Bitter Pill

Ritalin and the Growing Influence of Big Pharma

January/February 2005
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.

Exposing the Mythmakers

How Soft Sell Has Replaced Hard Science

March/April 2000
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.

Running on Ritalin

Is It the Drug of Choice or the Drug of Convenience?

May/June 1999
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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