Two stories from recent news:
This NPR story
reports that antipsychotics are Medicaid’s largest drug expense
. That’s astonishing.
A friend sent this story
on the potential for harm when people without severe depression are prescribed antidepressants:
Half of patients do not respond when they are given the medications, which can be powerful tool in helping the depressed to feel better. Instead of raising levels of a “happiness chemical”, called serotonin, in their brain, they lower them.
The researchers found with some brain cells “the more antidepressants try to increase serotonin production, the less serotonin (they) actually produce,” said Dr Rene Hen, from Columbia University in New York and a researcher at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, who led the study.
Published by Jason Schwartz
I have been an addiction professional and social worker since 1994. I started blogging in 2005 as the Clinical Director at Dawn Farm. I no longer work at Dawn Farm and am now the Director of Behavioral Medicine at a community hospital, and a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work.
Views expressed here are my own.
Keep in mind that the field, the contexts in which the field operates, and my views have changed over time.
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