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Review of Anatomy Of An Epidemic: This is your brain on psychiatric drugs

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker Crown, 404 pp., $26.00 About three-quarters of the way through Robert Whitaker’s expose of the psychiatric drug industry, Anatomy Of An Epidemic, I found myself beginning to worry. Whitaker’s claim is that contrary to what [...]

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Plot twist in the story about antidepressants?

It occurs to me that we can think of the massive use of antidepressants and similar drugs in this country as involving a kind of story: depression is caused by such-and-such, the drugs will cure it by such-and-such an action, and everything is groovy. So say the drug companies in their TV ads; so hope [...]

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Good article on Marsha Linehan, creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Linehan is of the giants of modern talk therapy; in creating Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she went well beyond conventional CBT by including mindfulness and acceptance components, thereby more effectively reaching many people in deep distress about who they feel themselves to be. This article in the New York Times is a particularly nice celebration of [...]

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Psychiatric medications as super-placebos

This isn’t directly related to my interest in the psychological aspects of language as behavior, but it does bear on the question of why humans suffer psychologically in the first place, and on how such suffering should best be treated: a review in The New York Review of Books of three books on what seems [...]

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Marsha Linehan’s wonderful metaphor for “radical acceptance”

I first came across this quote on the ACT public mailing list on Yahoo Groups—it had been posted there by Philippe Vuille, an ACT therapist working out of Switzerland. It’s from an article by Marsha Linehan titled “Mindful Acceptance and Change: The Central Dialectic in Psychotherapy.” Linehan is the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or [...]

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