While scientists have made tremendous advances in decoding the genetics of physical illnesses, such as cancer, and developing precision therapies, treatments for mental health remain blunt tools.
Western society is consuming ever larger quantities of prescription drugs and many of these are for psychiatric complaints. Drugs are central to modern psychiatric practice and to much psychiatric thought about the nature and causation of mental disorders. Psychiatry has therefore become an important target for the large and powerful pharmaceutical industry.
The Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions (HANDI) outlines treatments that don’t require medications or surgery. Its 54 treatments range from splints for hand pain in osteoarthritis to internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety.
More than 1,600 Texas veterans have stepped out of the shadows to talk about their marijuana use with legislators, the media and anyone else who’ll listen to their harrowing tales of painkiller addiction and suicide. They’re the vanguard of the medical marijuana lobbying effort that’s making battle plans to bring their cause to Texas lawmakers Read more
Opioid addiction is America’s 50-state epidemic. It courses along Interstate highways in the form of cheap smuggled heroin, and flows out of “pill mill” clinics where pain medicine is handed out like candy. It has ripped through New England towns, where people overdose in the aisles of dollar stores, and it has ravaged coal country, Read more
People who live through a bout with cancer are more likely than others to use drugs for anxiety and depression, a study suggests.
Clomipramine (sold under the brand name Anafranil) has been used for decades to treat patients with depression. Yet surprisingly, it has still not been through the clinical trials that would allow it to be prescribed for brain tumour patients.
Raleigh-based pharmaceutical company BioDelivery Sciences International (Nasdaq: BDSI) has scored a new managed care contract with Texas Medicaid for its opioid dependence drug Bunavail.
Whether it’s a veteran struggling with PTSD or an Olympian gold medalist with ADHD, we all deserve to live the best life possible, and sometimes that requires medication.
Thousands of mental health patients—many of whom had been living relatively normal lives under medication—are drifting into despair and psychosis because the country has run out of psychiatric medicines.
A new study, about to be published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, investigates the role a stressful environment plays in antidepressant effectiveness.
A serious warning on Pfizer Inc’s quit smoking drug should be removed, 10 of 19 independent panelists to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Wednesday, after reviewing additional trial data on the controversial treatment.
Drugs like Prozac and bumetanide show early promise for boosting intelligence in mouse studies, but activists say we should value people for who they are.
Since Richard Nixon famously called for an ‘all-out offensive’ on the war on drugs in 1971, the US government has funneled a trillion dollars into the effort. What does the nation have to show for the spoils of this war?
More than a decade ago, a published study touted the benefits of using the Celexa antidepressant to treat children and teens. A recent analysis, however, alleged the study had numerous problems — notably, there was no difference between the drug and a placebo.
It’s now a doctor’s prescription for every societal ill, the ‘take two aspirin and call me in the morning’ of compassion — the sugar pill, maybe.
Changes are intended to address physicians’ concerns regarding pain management; focus payments on patients rather than setting.
The federal government isn’t totally incapable of doing anything. Faced with the worst drug epidemic in US history, the Obama administration and Congress are moving to act — not with harsher anti-drug criminal justice penalties, as federal lawmakers have done with previous drug epidemics, but with initiatives focused on public health.