A recent Miami Herald article reported that a third Florida foster child has committed suicide and is the third in less than a year for Florida’s foster care system.
Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado, a veteran himself, has asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the “VA’s psychoactive drug-centric mental health standard for our veterans.”
A recently published study in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica by a group of researchers in Denmark investigated and found an association between prenatal exposure to psychotropic drugs and long-term cognitive impairment in school-age children.
A Note to Our DoD and VA Health Systems: Psychiatrists Cannot Drug a Person Back to Feeling Safe with Polypharmacy
While the VA and DoD have done some research in non-drug options, there is a heavy reliance on polypharmacy with psychiatric drugs even after the FDA required the black box warning on antidepressants for increased suicide risk.
It is fifty-six years now since Thomas Szasz rocked the world of psychiatry by writing The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct. His work continues to have a profound impact on how we think about disease, behavior, liberty, justice, responsibility, and most important of all, what it means to be human.