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From Mad in America today Bruce Levine talks victory:



After examining two long-term studies on schizophrenia and psychoses, Insel has come to what was previously considered a radical conclusion: in the long-term, some individuals with a history of psychosis do better off medication.


Insel finally recognizes what mental health treatment reform activists and investigative reporter Robert Whitaker have been talking about for years—the research shows that American psychiatry’s standard treatment protocol has hurt many people who could have been helped by a more selective and limited use of drugs, and a more diverse approach such as the one utilized in Finland, which has produced the best long-term outcomes in the developed world. (read more)

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The tide has been turning for a while. I’ve watched great changes in the climate surrounding psychiatric care since I first started writing and editing Beyond Meds over 6 1/2 years ago now. It’s easy to despair since people continue to be harmed in great numbers, so it’s also important to take note how much our work has helped change a good many people’s minds and the dialogue in the country and world. We must keep it up!


I wrote this a couple of years ago:


Let the tide continue turning. Turn Turn Turn.


May all those harmed by psychiatry find peace and wellbeing. May no one else be harmed. 


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There are as many ways to heal as there are human beings.


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From the American Psychiatric Association http://www.psychiatry.org/choosingwisely


On September 20, 2013, APA will release a list of specific uses of antipsychotic medications that are common, but potentially unnecessary and sometimes harmful, as part of Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can prompt conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.

APA’s list includes the following five recommendations:

  • Don’t prescribe antipsychotic medications to patients for any indication without appropriate initial evaluation and appropriate ongoing monitoring.
  • Don’t routinely prescribe two or more antipsychotic medications concurrently.  
  • Don’t prescribe antipsychotic medications as a first-line intervention to treat behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.    
  • Don’t routinely prescribe antipsychotic medications as a first-line intervention for insomnia in adults.
  • Don’t routinely prescribe antipsychotic medications as a first-line intervention for children and adolescents for any diagnosis other than psychotic disorders.      

·      More than 80 national and state medical specialty societies, regional health collaboratives and consumer partners have joined the Choosing Wisely effort promoting conversations about appropriate care. Over the next year, more than 30 other specialty society partners will release Choosing Wisely lists.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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