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August 7, 2013 by Janine Francolini

Will You Be Our Heroes? Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams

Janine-FrancoliniThis post is being written as an open letter to Brian Williams, Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil about their recent portrayal on their shows of people living with mental illness.

Dear Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams,

As you read this, you may be bracing yourselves for yet another attack and demand for a public apology for your recent ill-informed comments about people who live with mental health challenges. Gentleman, don’t, as I am not reaching out to you for that reason. I am writing to share all of the good that has happened since we launched this dialogue just a few days ago.

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August 4, 2013 by Sandra Steingard, MD

Can Psychiatry “Re-Engage” with Pharma?

On August 1, Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., the current President of the American Psychiatric Association,  wrote an open letter to Psychiatry News asking whether is was time for psychiatry to “re-engage with pharma”.

Dr. Lieberman asserts that although there are problems with the way the public perceives drug companies, he thinks it is time for psychiatry to re-evaluate  its connections to the industry.  He reports on a recent meeting of the American Psychiatric Foundation Corporate Advisory Council with representatives of 14 pharmaceutical companies.

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