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a very long drought…

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One wouldn’t have to read much here to realize that I’m no particular fan of the American Psychiatric Association or its current President, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman. With him, it’s not anything personal. I just don’t much like people who speak and write with a conclusion that they want me to reach, and attempt to sell […]

the game of thrones…

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Pfizer mulls $100 bln bid for AstraZeneca – report Reuters Apr 20, 2014 U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has approached British rival AstraZeneca to propose a 60 billion pound [$101 billion] takeover, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday. The paper said, citing senior investment bankers and industry sources, that informal conversations about a deal had taken […]

stuck in the middle…

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What should be done? Returning to the asylum system — which could be regarded as turning away from the goal of recovery — is not the answer. A Misfortune Not a Crime, Tom Insel [see lamentations · long passed…] As a late adolescent, there was something in the world I lived in that was wrong […]

in memory…

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Andy Lipscomb the gentlest soul to ever pass our way September 25, 1939 – April 21, 2014

lamentations · long passed…

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A Misfortune Not a Crime Director’s Blog: NIMH By Thomas Insel April 11, 2014 … check out a new report  from the Treatment Advocacy Center on the treatment of people with serious mental illness. According to this report, there are now 10 times more people with serious mental illness in state prisons [207,000] and county […]

other comments…

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… My last thoughts after reading more of Dr. Lieberman’s quotes are, I’m convinced that integrated care is already a done deal; it is just a matter of time before it rolls out across the country. However, I am undecided if the APA leadership is reading the hand-writing on the wall and reacting to it […]

in the comments…

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Comments from three psychiatrists to the last post: three wishes… – all focused on the APA push for Collaborative Care [AKA Integrative Care]. I don’t think the APA’s initiative on collaborative care has anything to do with getting other doctors to see psychiatrists as real doctors. Psychiatrists who practice like real doctors are seen as […]

three wishes…

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It’s been over a hundred years since Freud suggested that our wishes can color the workings of what he called the mental apparatus. Think what you will about the old guy, but he was onto something with that wish thing. Here are three personal examples: In my last post [reason enough…], I interpreted the theme […]

reason enough…

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In the comments to [what really matters…], Dr. Carroll mentioned a post on the Danny Carlat Blog back in August 2010 about the Dan Markingson case, actually two posts ["Making a Killing": New Carl Elliott Article in Mother Jones, Was the CAFE study manipulated by AstraZeneca? Maybe Not.]. Both of these posts, and particularly the […]

what really matters…

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Psychiatry head to receive major award University of Minnesota Medical School News by Sarah Hansen 04/15/2013 S. Charles Schulz, M.D., head of the Department of Psychiatry, will receive the esteemed Stanley Dean Award for Research in Schizophrenia in 2014. For more than 50 years, The American College of Psychiatrists [ACP] has issued this award to […]