Psychiatrists Defend Psychiatric Drug Use

Revealed: Aurora shooter James Holmes was taking prescription antidepressants and hypnosis drugs

“For example, we can see differences between brain images of someone who is depressed and someone who is not depressed. And we if we give medications, the brain of the depressed person goes back to looking like a person not depressed.” Such experiments don’t prove that psychiatric medications are the only way to treat depression. But they do show a positive effect. “There are good studies that psychotherapy can produce similar imaging results as seen with antidepressants ,” Levy says. “I do not prescribe drugs willy-nilly. But for most psychiatric disorders, the best treatment is medication plus psychotherapy. One or the other, alone, is not as effective.” Special Problems for Psychiatric Drugs Stotland does not ignore the fact that there are some very real problems with psychiatric drugs.
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More women prescribed psychiatric drugs and left at risk of birth defects

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Today’s Greatest Mental Health Need: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Programs

Overall use of psychiatric medications among adults grew 22 percent from 2001 to 2010. The new figures are based on prescription drug pharmacy claims of two million US insured adults and children reported by Medco Health Solutions Inc., a pharmacy benefit manager based in Franklin Lakes, N.J. While the use of most psychiatric drugs grew strongly, there were declines in antidepressant use in children and anti-anxiety drug use in the elderly, likely in part because of concern over potential side effects. The patterns are consistent with, but more pronounced than, published findings from national government data, which tend to have a lag time. A recent Archives of General Psychiatry paper looking at data before 2005 found that about 10 percent of the population took an antidepressant. Wednesday’s data found that about 10 percent of adult men used antidepressants in 2010, but 21 percent in adult women did. Psychiatric medications are among the most widely prescribed and biggest-selling class of drugs in the US.
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Use of psychiatric drugs in young kids leveling off

A key player is the World Federation for Mental Health, whose multi-color brochure declares Oct. 10, 2012 as “World Mental Health Day,” again targeting depression in its booklet title: ” Depression: A Global Crisis .” Perhaps because markets for psychiatric medications in the industrialized world are getting saturated and because drug companies and their products have been coming under heavy criticism, the “World Mental Health Day” is mostly aimed at poorer nations. The World Federation for Mental Health booklet advocates the use of antidepressant drugs. This colorful document was “made possible” by… guess whom? The only three sponsors are companies that make psychiatric drugs: Eli Lilly, Otsuka and Lundbeck. Is this what we really need?
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One in Five American Adults Takes Psychiatric Drugs

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A study of calls to the Royal Hospital for Women’s MotherSafe pregnancy and breastfeeding information line has found inquiries about psychiatric medications have doubled over the past decade. And a rise in diagnosis of bipolar disorder is prompting many doctors to prescribe young women mood-stabilising medication that carries a high risk of birth defects and lowered IQ for their babies if they become pregnant while taking it. Philip Boyce, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Sydney, said experts were becoming increasingly concerned about use of the mood-stabilising drug Epilim, which also treats epilepsy. “But really it’s only in the last five years we have identified these really significant problems.” He said research had linked it with rates of foetal abnormality of up to 17 per cent, and significant decreases in IQ, yet if a woman was not pregnant it required less monitoring than other mood-stabilising drugs. “So doctors [prescribe it] without actually thinking through that two years later this woman could be pregnant,” he said. Prescriptions for the drug in Epilim, sodium valproate, have increased by nearly a third over the past 10 years, Medicare figures show. Professor Boyce said increases in antipsychotic and antidepressant medications should be examined as well, because while the overall risk of birth defects was low, they were known to have weight and metabolic side-effects that could increase the risk of gestational diabetes.
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How Psychiatric Drugs Made America Mad

in the mid-1950s) in the total and permanent disabilities of millions of psychiatric drug-takers. This uniquely First World mental health epidemic has resulted in the taxpayer-supported, life-long disabilities of large numbers of psychiatric patients who are now unable to be happy, productive, taxpaying members of society. Whitaker has done a powerful service to humanity, albeit an unwelcome one for various healthcare-related industries, by presenting previously hidden, but very convincing evidence from the scientific literature to support his thesis: that it is the drugs and not the so-called mental illnesses that are causing the epidemic of mental illness disability. Many open-minded physicians and many aware psychiatric patients are now motivated to be wary of any and all synthetic chemicals that can cross the blood/brain barrier because all of them are capable of altering the brain in ways totally unknown to medical science, especially with long-term medication use. Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness In Whitakers second book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America,the author provides overwhelming proof regarding this sobering assertion. He documents the history of the powerful forces behind the relatively new field of psychopharmacology and its major shapers, promoters and beneficiaries, namely BigPharma and those groups and individuals who benefit financially from the widespread and increasing use of psychiatric drugs, now even to toddlers, children and adolescents, despite no FDA-approval for marketing to the under-18 age group. Psychiatric drugs are far more dangerous than the drug and psychiatric industries are willing to admit, especially for the developing brain.
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Lead author of the study, Dr. Tanya Froehlich, from Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center in Ohio stated, Im very excited that the use of these drugs in this age group seems to be stabilizing. Its good to get a gauge on what were doing with psychotropic medications in this age group, because we really dont know what these medications do to the developing brain. Data analysis of two national surveys In order to get some insight into the use of psychotropic medication use, including stimulants among very young children, the researchers conducted a study. Stimulants, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, or an anti-anxiety drugs are commonly prescribed by caregivers to counter ADHD, pervasive developmental disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychosis. Previous studies have established growing number of young kids taking psychiatric drugs between 1991 and 2001 (two to three fold increase) though they (with a few exceptions) are not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in children under age 6. For the purpose of the study, researchers analyzed data from two national surveys from 1994 to 2009 involving about 43,500 kids visits to office-based physician practices and hospital-based outpatient clinics across the US. Revelations of the study The analysis revealed the fraction of med prescriptions fluctuated between one prescription for every 217 doctors visits in 1998 and one for every 54 visits in 2004.
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