Blog des AK Psychiatriekritik der NFJ Berlin

Monat: September, 2013

Higher Unemployment Leads to More Psychiatric Medication

Researchers at the University of Georgia found that during times of higher unemployment, the use of antidepressant and antianxiety drugs rises. Using 21 years of data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey of Physicians, the researchers found “effects too large to be explained by just those losing their jobs, which suggests recessions have a significant impact much broader than those directly affected by the job loss.” Said one author: “people were not necessarily depressed because they didn’t have a job, but maybe because they were afraid of getting laid off.” The researchers also noted that in areas with higher medical coverage, more people receiving medical assistance may result in more prescriptions for depression.



Federal Judge Allows Testimony on Seroquel/Tardive Dyskinesia Link

A Federal Judge ruled Monday that the science linking Seroquel to tardive dyskinesia is sufficiently reliable to be heard by a jury, saying that the theory had been tested, peer reviewed and sufficiently accepted by the medical community. The judge further noted that Seroquel’s FDA-approved label warns of tardive dyskinesia as a potential side effect, and that many reliable medical studies suggest that Seroquel and other antipsychotics can cause the condition.


Amazing Victory for Mental Health Activists: NIMH Director Accepts Ideas Once Seen as Radical

It is an amazing victory for mental health treatment reform activists and Robert Whitaker. On August 28, 2013, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) director, Thomas Insel, announced that psychiatry’s standard treatment for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses needs to change.


The United States of the Biomedical Model: Five Anecdotes

It is difficult to overstate the ubiquity and influence of the biomedical model that provides the foundation for psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in the United States. As a clinical psychologist who has spent the past 15 years working in medical centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, a residential substance abuse treatment center, private practice, and academia, I have encountered the myriad effects of the biomedical model on a daily basis. Among these encounters, five are particularly memorable and help to illustrate the popularity and consequences of characterizing psychological problems in purely biomedical terms.



UN: Ensure No One is Detained in Any Kind of Mental Health Facility

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, authoritative body that interprets this treaty, has now confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that all mental health incarceration violates Article 14 of the CRPD.

In their Concluding Observations on Austria, the Committee said: