Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry is a magazine focusing on Psychology

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 2, 2010

Alternatives beyond Psychiatry
Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry . Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann (Eds.). Berlin, Germany; Eugene, OR; Shrewsbury, UK: Peter Lehmann Publishing, 2007, 431 pp., $37.99 (softcover).This groundbreaking book draws from the experiential knowledge of 61 individuals...
Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence, and Mania: Risks for Military Personnel
The newer antidepressants frequently cause suicide, violence, and manic-like symptoms of activation or overstimulation, presenting serious hazards to active-duty soldiers who carry weapons under stressful conditions. These antidepressant-induced symptoms...
Historical and Cultural Forces Behind the Biopsychiatric Juggernaut
What are the forces that have driven the dramatic increase in the use of psychotropic drugs by the American public? The most common candidates are the drive of the pharmaceutical companies to make money and mainstream psychiatrists to finally become...
If Psychology Refuses to Police Itself, Then It May Be the Courts That Force an Overhaul of Clinical Psychology
From its inception, psychology has sought recognition as a science, but, unfortunately, this is not happening, especially in the clinical arena. It is all too often referred to as "junk science." Eloquent arguments are constantly made defending psychology...
Loving Warrior, Gentle Rebel: Michael Corry, 1948-2010
Dr. Michael Corry died at his home in Clara Vale, Ireland, on February 22, 2010, after a short illness.He was a fearless campaigner for the rights of mental health service users and all those suffering psychological distress, an opponent of biopsychiatry...
Monist Models of Mind and Biological Psychiatry
Theories of psychiatry do not exist an intellectual vacuum. They must mesh at many points with other bodies of knowledge. Biological psychiatry tries to prove that mental disorder and brain disorder are one and the same thing. This has no rational basis...
New Information That People in High Places Do Not Want Us to Know about Autism
Until the 1930s, the term "autism" was not mentioned in the literature. Until then, vaccination programs did not exist in the United States. Leo Kanner applied the term "early infantile autism," detailing 11 cases of children born in 1931. He thought...
Self-Harm and Medicine's Moral Code: A Historical Perspective, 1950-2000
"Deliberate self-harm"-acts of self-poisoning (overdosing) or self-injury (e.g., cutting) that do not result in death-has historically provoked a moral judgment in those professionals who treat it. Such judgments negatively value the act of self-harm...
The Conscience of Psychiatry: The Reform Work of Peter R. Breggin, MD
The Conscience of Psychiatry: The Reform Work of Peter R. Breggin, MD. Edited by the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. Ithaca, NY: Lake Edge Press.This is a book that will grab you in many ways. It is the story of Peter...
The FDA Should Test the Safety of ECT Machines
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the machines that deliver it have never been tested for safety and efficacy in order to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The American Psychiatric Association and ECT advocates protested...
The Power of Diagnostic Labels to Induce Inappropriate Thought and Deed
We communicate primarily with language, and language is composed primarily of words. Journals such as this one rely on the power of words to communicate ideas, concerns, hopes, and even fears, among a myriad of other concepts. My interest here is specifically...
The Risks Associated with Maternal Antidepressant Use during the Prenatal and Postnatal Stages of Development
Over the past decade, maternal antidepressant use has skyrocketed in the United States. Maternal depression, which was once categorized as an extremely rare condition, is now the leading cause of disability in American women aged 18 to 44 (Stewart, 2005)....