Articles & Links
of Interest to the
Here you will find links to or actual text of periodical publications that relate to the mental health profession, not only from professional journals but also from news magazines, pop culture publications, trans-disciplinary media--anything that contributes to a meaningful critique of our profession as we look at ourselves and as others look at us.
"Psychotherapy Perspectives in Medication Management-
The Inadequacy of the 15-min Med Check in Standard Psychiatric Practice”
by Simon Sobo, M.D. April 1, 1999 Psychiatric Times
Though it’s a little old, I wanted to offer this piece as the first featured article in our archive because of it’s magnificently objective and concise treatment of the modern trend to link DSM Axis I with hypothesized “chemical imbalances” in the brain. Written by a psychiatrist.
“The Emperor’s New Drugs: An Analysis of Antidepressant Data Submitted to the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration”
by Irving Kirsch, Thomas J. Moore, Alan Scoboria, and Sarah S. Nicholls
Prevention & Treatment, Volume 5, Article 23 posted July 15, 2002
In my opinion, a watershed article. Researchers analyze and interpret the efficacy of antidepressant medication using the drug companies’ own data. Do antidepressants really work, and, if so,
“Antidepressants: A Triumph of Marketing Over Science?”
by David Antonuccio, David Burns, & William Danton
Prevention & Treatment, Volume 5, Article 25 posted July 15, 2002
A re-examination and blistering commentary on the data as interpreted by the authors of the above article. These researchers propose that the popularity of antidepressants in modern society is due primarily to the slick marketing campaigns of the drug companies rather than any actual therapeutic effects of the drugs themselves. A must read.
This gut-wrenching narrative written by an elite climber gives us an up-close and personal look at the vicious cycle that can result when psychiatric treatment fails to apprehend the “whole person” and goes terribly wrong. This article samples the rising tide of anecdotal evidence that reveals the dark side of current psychiatric practice.