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There still seems to be quite a bit of public controversy surrounding claims and counter-claims for the efficacy of anti-depressive and other psychotropic medications.  In a recent blog, Dr. David Healy — a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist and author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles — shows that this controversy is largely artificial, by exploding ten common myths in “Psychiatry Gone Astray”:

At the Nordic Cochrane Centre, we have researched antidepressants for several years and I have long wondered why leading professors of psychiatry base their practice on a number of erroneous myths. These myths are harmful to patients. Many psychiatrists are well aware that the myths do not hold and have told me so, but they don’t dare deviate from the official positions because of career concerns.

Being a specialist in internal medicine, I don’t risk ruining my career by incurring the professors’ wrath and I shall try here to come to the rescue of the many conscientious but oppressed psychiatrists and patients by listing the worst myths and explain why they are harmful.

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About Richard Lawhern

Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. is a technically trained medical layman who volunteers time and research in support of chronic face pain patients. His doctoral degree is in Engineering Systems (UCLA 1977) and much of his professional career was devoted to experimental design, technical writing and analysis of emerging technologies. He is a past webmaster and member of the Board of the US Trigeminal Neuralgia Association. He presently moderates and writes for "Living With TN", a patient mutual support website among the 35 online communities of "Ben's Friends". During 18 years at Internet social networking websites, Dr. Lawhern has interacted with and assisted over 4,000 chronic pain patients, family members and physicians.