I havenâ€™t written about my opposition to the widespread use of psychiatric medications in quite some time, mostly because I feel Iâ€™ve already said most of what I have to say on this issue. (See the collection of posts under the heading â€œThe Medicalization of Mental Health,â€ to be found at the lower right of… Continue reading Benzodiazepines and Dementia
Category: The Medicalization of Mental Health
The Shame in Mental Illness
My recent posts got me to thinking about the term mental illness and how stigma-laden it remains to this day. As a society, we’ve come a long way from the bad old days when most people were too ashamed to admit going to a psychiatrist, when families kept those members with obvious psychological problems hidden… Continue reading The Shame in Mental Illness
Antisocial Personality Disorder: The Sociopath Next Door
I’ve been reading The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout — an excellent and yet frustrating book about antisocial personality disorder. Stout’s engaging style and in-depth clinical experience with victims of sociopathic predators bring the subject to vivid life. The vignettes read more like suspense novels: as the character of the sociopath gradually unfolds, your… Continue reading Antisocial Personality Disorder: The Sociopath Next Door
Childhood ADHD: Over-Diagnosed or Under-Treated?
I was planning to write an overview of the recent controversy in this area concerning frequency of childhood ADHD diagnosis and treatment with stimulant medication. Â This very lively exchange of expert and personal views was touched off by a New York Times article citing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention telephone survey of many… Continue reading Childhood ADHD: Over-Diagnosed or Under-Treated?
ADHD Symptoms Revisited
A reconsideration of Alan Sroufe’s article in the New York Times about ADHD symptoms, as well as the rebuttals and reactions from Harold S. Koplewicz and Judth Warner.