Florida Bills Could Force Taxpayers To Fund Harmful Psychiatric Services for First Responders

Florida Bills Could Force Taxpayers To Fund Harmful Psychiatric Services for First Responders

Current Florida statutes require that there be clear and convincing evidence of mental or nervous injury to determine benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation law for Florida’s first responders. However, recent bills calling for revisions to the standard for...
Mental Health Stigma Created by Psychiatry

Mental Health Stigma Created by Psychiatry

When $20.4 million in federal funding for mental health services in Florida expired recently, those tied directly to this tax-payer funded care began a predictable and loud outcry. Stacey Cook-Hawk, CEO of Salus Care, a Mental Health and Addiction facility in...

ECT: Psychiatric Abuse of Elderly Patients

Why do psychiatrists increasingly treat the elderly with electro convulsive therapy (ECT)? One of the greatest fears of those approaching old age is memory loss. The fading or complete disappearance of one’s major life events and precious memories is a horrifying...
Psychiatric Goofs: Physical Conditions Mimicking Mental Disorders

Psychiatric Goofs: Physical Conditions Mimicking Mental Disorders

  Florida law currently requires that anyone sent for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation be given a physical examination within 24 hours of their arrival at a psychiatric facility. Since there are over 100 physical ailments that can mock a psychiatric...
Mental Health Legislation: Good-Hearted People Swayed by Vested Interests

Mental Health Legislation: Good-Hearted People Swayed by Vested Interests

What is at the heart of a new demand for mental health legislation in Florida? Obviously, Floridians love to help. Most all of us would stop and assist a lost child, happily provide food to hungry veterans or provide holiday gifts to families in need. Seemingly it is...
New Study: Exercise Can Cure Depression & ADHD In Children

New Study: Exercise Can Cure Depression & ADHD In Children

Dr. Gregory Ramey is a pediatric psychologist and the executive director for the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources at The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Ramey is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio...
Teen Suicide: Psychiatric Drug Crime

Teen Suicide: Psychiatric Drug Crime

Family and friends were devastated earlier this year when teenager Ritu Sachdeva committed suicide by taking a medication overdose. The tragedy was compounded when within hours her friend Hillary Kate Kuizon’s body was also found, another apparent suicide....
Is there An Antidepressant / Autism Link?

Is there An Antidepressant / Autism Link?

A new study shows a connection between women who take antidepressants in the last 6 months of pregnancy and an increase of children born with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics concluded that “Use of...

Antidepressants and Violence: The Clear Connection

The idea that antidepressants cause violent behavior has been a concern for years. A study published late last year in Sweden found convincing evidence that this concern is warranted. The evidence showed that young adults from 15 to 24 years old who were currently on...
Mental Disorder or Physical Illness?

Mental Disorder or Physical Illness?

There can be grave danger in psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis. For instance, a person physically ill may exhibit a seeming mental disorder, yet be completely sane. If a qualified medical doctor does not get to the patient before a psychiatrist does, the patient...
Psychiatry Admits Failure

Psychiatry Admits Failure

Psychiatrist Richard Friedman reflects on American Psychiatry’s quandary in a recent NY Times Op Ed piece: “Despite a vast investment in basic neuroscience research and its rich intellectual promise, we have little to show for it on the treatment front. “With few...

Baker Act Is Harmful Not Helpful

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] The Baker Act is the name of the mental health law in Florida and it covers all aspects of mental health including involuntary examination and commitment.  This...