Medications & Psychiatry
Exercise-Based Interventions for Mental Illness
Physical Activity as Part of Clinical Treatment
By Brendon Stubbs and Simon Rosenbaum (Editors)
Review by Roy Sugarman, PhD on Tue, Dec 11th 2018.
Exercise-Based Interventions for Mental Illness by Brendon Stubbs and Simon Rosenbaum (Editors)It has been known for some time that exercise was more likely to benefit brain health and neuronal connectivity than sitting on a computer playing brain games. For more than a decade, authors such as John Ratey (a psychiatrist) alongside these authors have recognized that various growth factors are released by robust exercise, including BDNF and other brain-trophic chemistry (Simon is in fact a colleague in my faculty at UNSW in Sydney). Other conditions, such as chronic pain are now known to be classed as 'neuroplasticity gone wild' and we have known since 2011 and earlier that this was not
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Pharmaceutical Freedom
Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate
By Jessica Flanigan
Review by David Teira, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 20th 2018.
Most academic philosophers live in a world of pharmaceutical paternalism: new treatments are subject to premarket approval by State regulatory agencies, and patients will only be able to access them through medical prescription. Outside academic philosophy, there has been a long tradition of pharmaceutical libertarianism, advocating for allowing patients to take their risks with experimental treatments without State or medical interference. Precisely because this tradition has had almost no philosophical echo, Jessica Flanigan's Pharmaceutical Freedom was a necessary book. Its broad claims and
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Pharmaceutical Freedom by Jessica Flanigan

Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics
Development, Dispensing, and Use
By Dien Ho (Editor)
Review by Hans Krauch, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 30th 2018.
Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics by Dien Ho (Editor) Pharmaceutics is the foundation of contemporary medicine. Indeed, there are few ailments that plague mankind today where we cannot prescribe some kind of drug. The philosophy of ethics is that which shapes and forms the bricks of that foundation of medicine – to bring medicine back to its original purpose of eliminating/reducing suffering and improving quality of life. The practice of medicine has taken a bureaucratic/corporate nature over the last century -- meaning government regulation and corporate finance mandates the direction drugs find their way to patients. When the importance
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The Sedated Society
The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic
By James Davies (Editor)
Review by Daniel J. Dunleavy on Tue, Jan 23rd 2018.
The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of Our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic is an edited volume by anthropologist and psychotherapist James Davies (Reader at the University of Roehampton, London). In The Sedated Society, Davies, co-founder of the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry (CEP), brings together nine "critically-minded" writers within the area of psychopharmacology. Readers familiar with the critical psychiatry literature will be familiar with names such as Peter Breggin, Peter Gøtzsche, Joanna Moncrieff, and Robert Whitaker. Other contributors include psychologist Peter Kinde
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The Sedated Society by James Davies (Editor)

Mental Health in Asia and the Pacific
Historical and Cultural Perspectives
By Harry Minas and Milton Lewis (Editors)
Review by Sharon Packer, MD on Tue, Dec 5th 2017.
Mental Health in Asia and the Pacific by Harry Minas and Milton Lewis (Editors)This is a unique book, because of both its content and its approach. It goes without saying that it is an important book for mental health practitioners and administrators situated in Asia and the Pacific Islands and for medical historians and cultural anthropologists specializing in those regions. It is an equally fascinating read—although not necessarily a directly relevant read--for psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners who are interested in Asia yet are based far away from Asia, as is the case with this reviewer. For American psychiatrists and healthcare administrator
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Bipolar, Not So Much
Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression
By Chris Aiken and James Phelps
Review by Hans Krauch on Tue, Oct 31st 2017.
Bipolar, Not So Much - an excellent book on the nature, symptoms and causes of Bipolardisorder.  Indeed, 'Not-so-much' is a colloquial phrase that attempts to communicate how complex this disorder really is.  The word they use is 'spectrum' – where one falls between a level of depression or mania balanced between a neutral or opposite state of mood.  There is a generally dismissive attitude in the general public about this disorder because of the ubiquity of experiencing highs and lows in everyday life.  Yes, all people experience highs and lows, but that is not the p
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Bipolar, Not So Much by Chris Aiken and James Phelps

Twilight of American Sanity
A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump
By Allen Frances
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 31st 2017.
Twilight of American Sanity by Allen FrancesAllen Frances has a considerable reputation in psychiatry as one of the main architects of DSM-IV and one of the main critics of DSM-5, and especially some of the proposals for early drafts of DSM-5. He has an active Twitter feed, he used to write a blog for Psychology Today, and he also posted regularly for Psychiatric Times. In his new book he writes about the political crisis facing the USA with the terrible policies proposed by the White House and the incompetent leadership of the President. Frances writes at length of the many problems facing the world today and the ways in which the curr
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Sometimes Amazing Things Happen
Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward
By Elizabeth Ford
Review by Christian Perring on Fri, Oct 13th 2017.
Bellevue Hospital, looking over the East River, on 26th Street, is 7 miles from Rikers Island, adjacent to La Guardia Airport, and prisoners with severe mental disorders will often move from Rikers to Bellevue when they need assessment or hospitalization. Elizabeth Ford worked for many years at Bellevue, most recently as Director of Forensic Psychiatry. Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward tells the story of many patients she has treated. It is a difficult population to treat, partly of the severity of their problems, and partly
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Sometimes Amazing Things Happen by Elizabeth Ford

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