Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry is a magazine focusing on Psychology

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring

A Curious Consensus: "Brain Scans Prove Disease"?
Presumably in recognition of the fact that there is no chemical test that can be used to diagnose any of the alleged mental illnesses, journalists and medical opinion leaders have proclaimed that brain scans-particularly, functional imaging studies-can...
Court Filing Makes Public My Previously Suppressed Analysis of Paxil's Effects
In late 1999 I was asked by attorney Don Farber to be the medical expert in a product liability case brought by the family of Reynaldo Lacuzong against the drug company Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) in California. Mr. Lacuzong was a machine operator with no...
Introducing a New Column
This feature is dedicated to you, the principled professional, and to the organization that represents you, the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (www.ICSPP.org). You need and can benefit from the support of other professionals...
It Is Time to Rename the DSM
Although the DSM purports to be a theoretical with respect to the etiology of mental disorders, its fundamental assumption that aberrant patterns of thought, emotion or behavior reflect mental disturbance is itself an unjustifiable a priori position....
Motivating Gifted, Defiant, and Unconvinced Students to Succeed at the John Dewey Academy
The John Dewey Academy (JDA) provides intensive instruction for bright troubled and troublesome teens who need residential treatment. In its 20-year history, all graduates have attended colleges of quality, and more than 70% complete at least their secondary...
Rethinking Schizophrenia: Its Original Nature, Its Drug-Altered Character, and Thoughts about Its Treatment
The nature of schizophrenia has changed markedly over the past half-century because the drugs used to treat it aggravate the disability it causes. This aggravation results from (1) the brain damage caused by the drugs themselves and (2) the replacement...
The Effect of Clinical Judgment in Decision-Making: The Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic.) and the Mental Health Review Board
This article seeks to critically examine whether the reliance upon clinical judgment in decision-making under the Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic.) (MHA) and the Mental Health Review Board (MHRB) assists or hinders Parliament's key objective in passing the...
The Sham ECT Literature: Implications for Consent to ECT
The author reviewed the placebo-controlled literature on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression. No study demonstrated a significant difference between real and placebo (sham) ECT at 1 month posttreatment. Many studies failed to find a difference...
The SSRI Trials in Children: Disturbing Implications for Academic Medicine
The recent announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring pharmaceutical companies to warn patients about the increased likelihood of suicidal thoughts when taking antidepressants was largely due to the recent availability of data that...