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Bruce Levine – What Does It Mean to Be Called ‘Crazy’ in a Crazy World?

It has become increasingly mainstream [3] to criticize psychiatry for its corruption by drug companies, invalid diagnoses, lack of long-term treatment effectiveness, and other scientific failings. The recent book, Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness [4], by radio host and therapist Will Hall, reminds us that perhaps the most pathetic aspect of “inside mainstream mental health” is how simplistic, boring and reductionist it …

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Omega-3 levels linked to better cognitive performance

University of Naples and University of Eastern Finland, 13-May-2016 Increased serum levels of the long chain omega-3s EPA, DPA, and DHA are associated with better performance on neuropsychological tests in older men and women, says a new study. Data from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study indicated that higher serum omega-3 levels were associated with significantly better performance …

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Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. – The ADHD Culture: A Machiavellian Tale

Today, one in eight American children is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In 1987, when ADHD made its debut in the American PsychiatricAssociation’s diagnostic manual (DSM-III-R), the authors estimated that only 1 in 33 children had the condition. This number included children with known central nervous system disorders like cerebral palsy, encephalitis, and epilepsy—diseases that were known to cause hyperactivity in children. Before …

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Reporting of clinical trial results by top academic centers remains poor

Dissemination of clinical trial results by leading academic medical centres in the United States remains poor, despite ethical obligations – and sometimes statutory requirements – to publish findings and report results in a timely manner, concludes a study in The BMJ this week. Researchers found that only 29% of completed clinical trials led by investigators at major US academic centers were published within two …

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INFLAMMATION ‘FANS THE FLAMES’ OF DEPRESSION

Chronic inflammation in the bloodstream can “fan the flames” of depression, much like throwing gasoline on a fire, according to researchers. The study, which appears in the American Journal of Psychiatry, reviews 200 existing papers on depression and inflammation. “One thing that we’re particularly interested in is how stress affects the immune system, which in turn affects diseases and mental health outcomes, …