How Well Do Antidepressants Work?
The Most Recent Research Will Surprise You.Chemical imbalance theories have long been posited as a basis for antidepressant medications. These theories, although largely unfounded, untested, and unproven, provide the foundation for medications sold by the millions of doses. Read more
Just What The Doctor Should Not Order
Every Symptom Doesn't need A DrugSadly, the reasons have less to do with patient care than with big pharma bonus payments to doctors and pharmaceutical ads creating artificial consumer demand. Mental health drugs are the fastest growing segment for the drug industry. In 2010, the number of prescriptions written for antipsychotic medications exceeded 56 million resulting in sales of $16 billion.... Read more
Drugs Becoming Part Of The Popular Culture
Fox Program Glee Gives The Wrong MessageThe popular program, Glee, recently aired an episode touting the benefits of antidepressants. Are our children needlessly being led to believe that these drugs will make us all happy when we are sad? Read more
How Much Does Your Doctor Really Know About Drugs?
Are We Expecting Too Much?Most physicians are dedicated and hard working professionals but can they be expected to know everything? When it comes to treating patients with behavioral or mental disorders, it is clear that they know a lot less than you need them to know. Read more
Contrary To Popular Belief
You Are Not Getting The Best Information about DrugsMost physicians routinely do not provide important information to their patients when they prescribe a medication. Research shows that only 62% of the necessary information about a medication is communicated to patients. Only, 35% of physicians advised patients of the adverse effects associated with a medication. In an attempt to address this problem, it has become public policy to require dispensing pharmacists to provide the missing information that the physician is either too under-informed or too rushed to provide. Read more
Patients Deserve Real Mental Health Specialists
Health Insurers Are Denying You Quality CareHealth insurers and managed care are the gatekeepers for behavioral health services. As a result, their costs have dropped 40% by delaying services, denying claims, arduous utilization review procedures and phantom panels. The U.S. Surgeon General in a report on mental health admitted that private health insurance is generally more restrictive in coverage of mental illness than in coverage for somatic illness. Read more
Help Make Psychotropic Medications Safe
Sign The Petition To Make This HappenYou can help by signing a petition to The Department of Health and Human Services asking them to require mental and behavioral treatment before reimbursing for a medication. Read the full petition HERE