Testimony Against SF 2841-Minnesota – Preschool Socioemotional Screening–Karen Effrem, MD.

I am here in vigorous opposition to SF 2841 that would implement mental health screening for three-year-old children entering public school. Continue reading →

University of Minnesota Stonewalling Psychiatrists’ Gross Medical Misconduct

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I have just signed a petition urging Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota to appoint an independent, external panel of experts to conduct an investigation into gross medical research and clinical care misconduct by psychiatrists at the University of Minnesota. . . . Continue reading →

A Bad Judicial Decision Undercuts Drug Safety Law

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"I’m as big a fan of the 1st Amendment as anyone, but this decision strikes me as fundamentally flawed.  We’re not talking about a right to express yourself. We’re talking about selling stuff — stuff that could harm or even kill you if used improperly."  David Lazarus, LA Times Continue reading →

Unexamined Drug Epidemic–the Elephant No One Wants to See

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“Prescription drug therapy stands as one of the most significant perils to health resulting from human activity.” What’s the FDA doing to stem the tide of this preventable epidemic? Continue reading →

Vicissitudes of Psychiatry’s Diagnostic Manual Revisions

The latest area of controversy focuses on the proposed revision of the definition "behavioral addiction disorder" extending the addiction diagnosis to include drug, alcohol and gambling.  It is estimated that the change would expand the number of people labeled as "addicts" by 20 to 30 million who would be entitled to treatment and disability payments costing taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars. Continue reading →

Where Can One Find an Honest, Forthright Psychiatrist?

Following our March 15 Infomail/ post, "Inside Psychiatry’s Battle to Define Mental Illness," we received an e-mail from Dr. Allen Frances, objecting–in essence retracting his statements in an article in WIRED magazine by  Gary Greenverg.  Our response to Dr. Frances follows his communication. 

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Inside Psychiatry’s Battle to Define Mental Illness

The authoritative expert who chaired the DSM-IV revision has become a formidable critic whose publicly expressed views about psychiatry’s diagnostic assessments and prescribed treatments–mostly chemical interventions–validate the criticism expressed by the Alliance for Human Research Protection for more than a dozen years. Continue reading →