Mental Health

Are You Taking St. John’s Wort? Read This Now…

When I read the headline The most popular herbal treatment for depression can be unexpectedly dangerous… and even deadly, I thought to myself: Here we go again, another attack on natural and alternative medicine. However, it turns out I was a bit quick to react, because beyond the slightly inflammatory headline, the article was actually […]

Don’t Fall For Big Pharma’s Ploy to Push More Antidepressants

Talk about twisting facts and figures to serve a specific purpose. Here are a couple of news headlines that recently grabbed my attention: “Warned to death? Antidepressant ‘black box’ backfires” and “Warnings against antidepressants for teens may have backfired.” What’s the twist? Well, apparently the black box warnings about antidepressants causing suicidal thoughts were responsible […]

Is ADHD A Question Of Nature Or Nurture?

Doctors wrote more than 51 million prescriptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs in 2010, in the US alone. Sales topped $7.40 billion. In the US, at least 9 per cent of school children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In fact, Dr. Jerome Kagan, a leading Harvard psychologist, who […]

Experts Question Whether ADHD Even Exists

Last year, I told you about Dr. Leon Eisenberg — the ‘father’ of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Eisenberg was a leader in child psychiatry and was revered in the mental health profession for his theories on autism and social medicine. In his last interview in 2009, before his death, Dr. Eisenberg debunked ADHD […]