Given the simultaneous explosion in ADHD diagnosis, prescribed use of stimulants and non-medical use of stimulants, maybe it's time to look at the cost/benefit ratio. We'll it's clear that the benefits aren't all that. What to make of it? Researchers are beginning to address this paradox. How can medication that makes children sit still and … Continue reading Medication: The smart-pill oversell
CNN.com summarizes a NYT Book Review review of three recent books that challenge conventional wisdom about mental illness. All of the authors of the new books agree on two thought-provoking viewpoints: 1. Our understanding of categories of mental illness and their treatments has been influenced by drug companies, through both legal and illegal marketing. 2. … Continue reading Top Posts of 2011 #6 – The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?
A few stories on opioids caught my eye. First, one about methadone, pain and class: Map the deaths and you see the story. Assign a dot to each person who has died in Washington by accidentally overdosing on methadone, a commonly prescribed drug used to treat chronic pain. Since 2003, there are 2,173 of these … Continue reading Pain, meds and money
Dawn Farm has seen a marked increase in clients with recent histories of benzodiazepine (drugs like Xanax, Valium and Klonopin) use. These drugs are especially noxious because" it is easy for people to develop physical dependence without realizing it; withdrawal can be dangerous and involves seizures,; more serious withdrawal symptoms often do not begin for … Continue reading “they will panic”
This is not an argument against the use of pills but a pair of studies point to an unintended consequence: Have you ever had that feeling, after an energetic gym session, or perhaps a long walk, that you've earned the right to a mountainous slice of cake, or to lounge lazily in front of the … Continue reading Unintended consequences
Yikes! Hundreds of reports of suicides, psychotic reactions and other serious problems tied to the popular stop-smoking drug Chantix were left out of a crucial government safety review because Pfizer Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, submitted years of data through “improper channels.” Some 150 suicides — more than doubling those previously known — were among 589 … Continue reading Smoking-pill suicides overlooked
CNN.com summarizes a NYT Book Review review of three recent books that challenge conventional wisdom about mental illness. All of the authors of the new books agree on two thought-provoking viewpoints: 1. Our understanding of categories of mental illness and their treatments has been influenced by drug companies, through both legal and illegal marketing. 2. … Continue reading The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?
What is there to say? Not shocking and very ugly.
A new study identifies neurochemical changes from ritalin use: Use of the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Ritalin by young children may cause long-term changes in the developing brain, suggests a new study of very young rats by a research team at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The study is among the … Continue reading Pediatric Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brain, New Study Suggests