This is a mother's passionate plea that puts a face on the plight of the severely mentally ill. Deprived of adequate treatment and decent housing, they are housed in jails or left homeless on the street. Read More
It is probably worse having a severe mental illness now in the United States than it has been in most times and most places. We have proven tools to help the severely ill, but neglect them because of stigma and short-sighted funding misallocations. Hundreds of thousands are in prisons and additional hundreds of thousands are homeless on the streets. Read More
This is the worst of times for people with severe mental illness–many hundreds of thousands rare locked away in prison or languishing homeless on the streets. We are shunning them because of stigma and a misplaced preoccupation with the promise of future neuroscience research. Read More
The huge $650 million donation to determine the genetics of mental illness will probably not much speed up the laborious process of teasing out the ridiculously complicated relationships. Meanwhile we are shamefully underfunding care for current patients. Read More
An innocent man has been imprisoned for 27 years for a crime that never happened. He was a daycare bus driver accused of incredible sex crimes by 3 to 5-year-old children who had been cajoled and bullied by police, therapists, parents, and prosecutors. It's long past time for this grave injustice to be righted. Read More
We can figure out the typical demographics and psychological profile of mass murderers, but this won't be enough to predict and prevent the crimes. Instead, we need a sensible gun control policy that balances the protection of individual civil rights with the protection of public safety. Read More
California is suing five drug companies for their illegal off-label marketing of narcotic drugs that cause more deaths than illegal street drugs. Simultaneously, drug companies are making the outrageous claim that the constitutional right to free speech should allow them to push untested and often dangerous off-label uses of medicines.
How crazy is it to drug babies? About 10,000 2-year-old and 3-year-old toddlers are being inappropriately subjected to stimulant drugs for carelessly diagnosed ADHD. Who knows how much damage will be done to them? Read More
Congress is about to blow another chance to help the severely mentally ill who, because of lack of adequate treatment and housing, are now often subjected to the shameful choice between prison and homelessness. Read More
The history of psychiatry is a history of fads that appear suddenly and recede just as suddenly. I predict that the 20 year fad of ADHD over-diagnosis and over-treatment has finally peaked and that fewer kids will be subjected to unnecessary and potentially harmful stimulant medication.
To reduce classroom chaos, normally active kids are mislabelled as having ADHD and treated with medication. The money wasted on inappropriate drugs would be better spent on smaller classrooms and more physical education.
We don't take out an insurance policy against global warming to protect our children and their children because we are a selfish and short-sighted species. We are racing against the clock to wise up in time. Read More
The broad DSM5 definition of Somatic Symptom Disorder allows physicians to mistakenly assume that unexplained physical symptoms are mental disorders occurring 'all in the patient’s head.' This could result in inadequate medical care for the tens of millions of patients with diseases that are slow to reveal themselves. Read More
'Psychosis Risk Syndrome was rightly rejected as an official category in DSM-5 because it would subject kids to misdiagnosis, stigma, and exposure to unnecessary and harmful antipsychotic meds. But it was sneaked into DSM-5 under the heading 'Other Specified Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder' and can thus be coded for reimbursement purposes. Read More
Medicine and psychiatry psychiatry sometimes get lost in the forest of technical details and lose track of the needs of the specific patient. Refocusing on the doctor/patient relationship will improve care; reduce unnecessary resting, diagnosis, and treatment; and bring down skyrocketing health costs. Read More
It is a scandal that 200,000 prisoners are sexually abused every year in the US. Most of these are vulnerable psychiatric patients who would not be in prison at all had they received adequate treatment in the community. Read More
Involuntary psychiatric commitment is a source of great controversy. Eleanor Longden, representing 'Hearing Voices', and Allen Frances, representing psychiatry, find common ground on the rare situations that require coercive treatment. Read More