What Is Psychopharmacology?

The use of drugs to alleviate the symptoms of mental disorders makes psychoactive agents—especially antipsychotics and antidepressants—among the most widely prescribed pharmaceuticals today. Much debate surrounds the use of stimulants to treat attention-deficit problems and the side effects of antidepressants, especially for children. The general effectiveness of antidepressants when measured against a placebo remains controversial, although the treatments that prove most effective combine drugs with psychotherapy.

Recent Posts on Psychopharmacology

Claudia Gold on The Silenced Child

the future of mental health interview series continues with Claudia Gold on The Silenced Child.

Gayle Flanigan on Rose Hill Center

The future of mental health interview series continues with Gayle Flanigan on Rose Hill Center.

Drug Courts and the Restoration of Dignity

Drug courts recognize the humanity of drug users.

Do Antipsychotics Help or Harm Psychotic Symptoms?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 01, 2016 Saving Normal
To continue or discontinue antipsychotic treatment can be the most important decision in a person's life. This piece summarizes two opposing views on the risks and benefits.

Isabel Clarke on Psychosis and Spiritual Experiences

The future of mental health interview series continues with Isabel Clarke on psychosis and spiritual experiences.

Day 13: Lucy Johnstone on Psychological Formulation

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lucy Johnstone on critical psychiatry and psychological formulation.

Stop, It Hurts! Three Reasons to Avoid Prescription Meds

If you are considering seeing your doctor about prescription pain medication to treat your chronic pain, here are three things to consider before filling your prescription.

Day 11: Monica Cassani on Beyond Meds: Everything Matters

The future of mental health interview series continues with Monica Cassani on Beyond Meds: Everything Matters.

Heroin Addiction Is Destroying the Lives of Young Americans

Every day, approximately 125 Americans die from a heroin or opioid-related drug overdose. What can we do to stop the rising death toll? To learn more, please read this blog post.

Day 9: Sharna Olfman on Child Mental Health Controversies

Day 9 of the future of mental health interview series continues with Sharna Olfman on the science and pseudoscience of children's mental health.

The New Demonic Possession

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Talking Apes
How we deal with the mentally ill depends what we think caused the disorder.

Too Many Bad Drugs for Older Adults

By Mario D Garrett PhD on January 25, 2016 iAge
What type of medications are dangerous for older adults?

The Future of Clinical Psychology

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 How To Do Life
What neuroscience promises and the implications for clinicians and patients today.

The Problem with Heroizing Robert Spitzer

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on January 22, 2016 Side Effects
One of the most influential psychiatrists of the twentieth century leaves a complex legacy.

Chemotherapy: How to Get Through It

By Lucy O'Donnell on January 20, 2016 Cancer Is a Teacher
Chemotherapy is gruesome, but there are ways to make it more tolerable. Forewarned is fore-armed.

Can You Be 'Addicted' to Water?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 20, 2016 In Excess
There are various accounts of individuals being aquaholics ("addicted to water). This article examines the literature on psychogenic polydipsia, hyponatraemia, and ‘aquaholism'.

Day 2: Dan Stradford on Safe Harbor and Mental Health Change

The future of mental health interview series continues with an interview with Dan Stradford, founder of Safe Harbor.

Day 1: Bonnie Burstow on feminist psychotherapy and language

Today's interview in the Future of Mental Health Interview series is with Bonnie Burstow on feminist psychotherapy and the power of language

The Future of Mental Health Interview Series

Interviews with 100+ innovators and alternative helpers who are helping us deconstruct the current, dominant paradigm of "diagnosing and treating mental disorders with drugs"

Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good Or All Bad

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 15, 2016 Saving Normal
Psychiatric meds that are very helpful for clear cut psychiatric disorders usually do more harm than good when used for the everyday difficulties that life throws at us.

Drinking, Drugs, and the College Transition

Substance abuse on college campuses is a frightening problem that few have solved. Here are lessons and approaches that have worked with students in the college transition.

What Type of Addiction Services Do I Need?

There is an endless and overwhelming amount of information on the Web about addiction treatment options. Many people have no idea where to begin...

Meditation Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

A new study reports that practicing Transcendental Meditation can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the use of medications to treat PTSD.

Are the DSM-5 Addiction Revisions Still Confusing?

As you move into the new year, take the time to consider your relationship with alcohol and drugs.

Alcohol and Marijuana

Alcohol and marijuana use disorders are common. Some individuals use both drugs simultaneously. With the increased use of both drugs, will it be more dangerous on the roads?

The Myth of Heroin Use as "Self-Medication"

When in chronic pain, responsible people seek medical help; they don't use heroin

The Most Important Controversy in Current Psychiatry

A dimensional approach does not permit discrimination between health and illness, and there is no scientific base for its use in research.

Saffron for Emotional Health

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on January 10, 2016 Inner Source
Want a way to spice up your mood? Solid research is suggesting you may want to add saffron on your psychoemotional as well as culinary spice rack.

How Teen Drug Use Is Changing for Better and Worse

The teen drug and alcohol scene isn’t what it used to be, a new survey finds. And that’s both good and bad.

Rethinking Methylphenidate in Childhood ADHD

Should we rethink prescribing drugs for ADHD? New research suggests we do.