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September 21, 2017 by Megan Brooks | Medscape

Antidepressants Tied to a Significantly Increased Risk for Death

(Medscape) – Use of antidepressants is associated with an increased risk for death in the general population, but not in patients with existing cardiovascular disease, results of a meta-analysis suggest.

The results support the hypothesis that antidepressants are harmful in the general population but are less so in cardiovascular patients, perhaps owing to their blood thinning effects, investigators note.

“The common wisdom is that antidepressants are safe and effective, and by treating people with depression with antidepressants, we can save lives. However, research over the last decade has shown that antidepressants are much less effective than we had thought. Our research is part of a body of research that suggests that antidepressants are much less safe than we had thought,” lead researcher Paul W. Andrews, PhD, JD, of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, told Medscape Medical News.

The study was published online September 14 in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

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September 20, 2017 by Sadie Cathcart | MadInAmerica.com

Replacing Pain with Pain: Hazards of Antidepressant use for Chronic Pain Relief

The paradox of relieving chronic pain with an antidepressant (and a new set of symptoms)

In a recent German study published this summer in Frontiers in Neurology, researchers report the adverse effects of using antidepressants to reduce chronic pain. Results point to several potential side effects associated with common antidepressants that merit consideration, particularly from a public health perspective.

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September 20, 2017 by David R. Topor, PhD, MS-HPEd | Harvard Health Blog

Feeling okay about feeling bad is good for your mental health

When you have a negative emotion, are you upset or disappointed in yourself? Do you feel “bad” or “guilty” about this emotion? If so, you may be at risk for poorer longer-term psychological health.

study in the July 2017 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looked at the psychological health of people who accept, rather than negatively judge, their emotional experiences. Researchers found that accepting these experiences led to fewer negative emotions when confronted with daily stressors.

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September 14, 2017 by Jacqui Dillon, et al | Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy

Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment & Neuroscience: A new paradigm for understanding severe mental distress

Developmental psychology, traumatology and cognitive neuroscience literature suggests that psychosis and other forms of distress can be understood as meaningful responses to trauma and loss. Clinical and theoretical implications of this holistic, integrated paradigm are discussed.

A new and profoundly important paradigm for understanding overwhelming emotional pain has emerged over the last few years, with the potential to change the way we conceptualise human suffering across the whole spectrum of mental health difficulties. It is a strongly evidence-based synthesis of findings from trauma studies, attachment theory and neuroscience, which offers new hope for recovery. It also presents a powerful challenge to biomedical model psychiatry in that it is based on scientific evidence that substantiates and attests to what many individuals with first-hand experience of mental health problems have always known – that the bad things that happen to you can drive you mad. In this article we will summarise the key findings and reflect on the implications for current practice.

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September 14, 2017 by LUCY NALPATHANCHIL & CARMEN BASKAUF | wnpr.org

What Happened At Whiting? Abuse At Connecticut’s Psychiatric Hospital

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Nine mental health workers at Whiting Forensic Division, the maximum security facility at Connecticut’s only state psychiatric hospital, have been arrested for the abuse of a patient.

Dozens more have been suspended for participating in or observing this abuse that continued for weeks on end — all while under video surveillance.

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September 14, 2017 by JANE E. BRODY | The New York Times

Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain

Many years ago I was plagued with debilitating headaches associated with a number of seemingly unrelated activities that included cooking for company and sewing drapes for the house. I thought I might be allergic to natural gas or certain fabrics until one day I realized that I tensed my facial muscles when I concentrated intently on a project.

The cure was surprisingly simple: I became aware of how my body was reacting and changed it through self-induced behavior modification. I consciously relaxed my muscles whenever I focused on a task that could precipitate a tension-induced headache.

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September 13, 2017 by Peter Simons | madinamerica.com

Researchers Question Add-On Treatment for ‘Schizophrenia’

(madinamerica.com) A common practice when antipsychotics are found to be ineffective for schizophrenia is to prescribe a second, additional psychoactive medication. Now, a new study suggests that this practice is not supported by the research.The study, published in the top-tier psychiatry journal JAMA Psychiatry, examined all the meta-analyses of this treatment approach to determine the evidence base for add-on medications in schizophrenia.

According to the researchers, “None of the 42 combinations of an antipsychotic drug treatment with a second psychotropic medication had consistent support for its recommendation.”

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September 12, 2017 by FRANCIE DIEP | Pacific Standard

What Happens When You Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

According to the people who have tried to do it.

There’s never really an ideal time to quit your anti-psychotic medications, says Harry, who stopped taking a drug called Seroquel daily in January of 2016. By that time, he’d been on Seroquel for bipolar disorder for more than a decade. He had once been on other anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-depressants. Yet, for the past “couple of years,” he says he had been considering coming off of Seroquel because he was doing well on a low, once-nightly dose and he didn’t like that the medication made him feel sedated. He thought at first he would wait until he was done with graduate school and his kids were older. Then, his wife had to stay in the hospital for three days after delivering their second son. Harry—who asked to remain anonymous, fearing discrimination at work—was left in charge of their older kid. He didn’t take any Seroquel during that time because he wanted to be alert for his child.

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September 11, 2017 by RONI CARYN RABIN | The New York Times

Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants

The last dinner Wendy Dolin had with her husband, Stewart, he was so agitated that he was jiggling his leg under the table and could barely sit still. He had recently started a new antidepressant but still felt very anxious. “I don’t get it, Wen,” he said.

The next day, Mr. Dolin, a 57-year-old Chicago lawyer, paced up and down a train platform for several minutes and then threw himself in front of an oncoming train.

Ms. Dolin soon became convinced that the drug her husband had started taking five days before his death — paroxetine, the generic form of Paxil — played a role in his suicide by triggering a side effect called akathisia, a state of acute physical and psychological agitation. Sufferers have described feeling as if they were “jumping out of their skin.”

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September 10, 2017 by Dr Kate Dorozenko and Dr Robyn Martin | Curtin University

A Critical Literature Review of the Direct, Adverse Effects of Neuroleptics

Essential Information for Mental Health Consumers, Carers, Families, Supporters and Clinicians

The review shows that neuroleptics can have a role in personal recovery but as recovery is a unique, individual process, the role of the drugs will be different for each person. This review has highlighted the adverse and unwanted effects of neuroleptics which can, at times, be experienced as worse than the problem they were intended to relieve and can interfere with the recovery process. Individuals who are critically impacted by these drugs and their loved ones have much to contribute to the discourse surrounding neuroleptics and how they may be used to support personal recovery.

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