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World of Psychology


Throwing Stones at the House of Research

The rising tide keeps rising against the House of Research.

As reported by numerous news outlets today, another study has come down the pike, this time in the respected journal Cancer. "Breast cancer treatment trials that are funded by drug companies are more likely to show positive results than studies sponsored by other sources, new research suggests. There are also major differences in trial design when the pharmaceutical industry foots the bill, the researchers added," according to the article.

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How can you help your alcoholic parent?

A while back I wrote a post on Addiction Transfer to which where posted several comments. Recently, I received comments from one reader, Mary, who requested additional information about where to go for help for her alcoholic mother. Mary, this entry is for you.

First of all, let me start off by saying; I am not a therapist or a doctor. I am simply a resourceful, empathetic and persevering individual. My work in the field of mental health...

Tobacco Marketing to the Homeless and Mentally Ill

You thought Big Pharma marketing was unethical? Then read the shocking research paper Marketing to the marginalised: tobacco industry targeting of the homeless and mentally ill, Apollonio and Malone, Tobacco Control 2005;14:409-415; [free full text online]. Zoloft ads seem downright friendly in comparison.

After I wrote about stigma and high smoking rates with mental illness, a reader passed along this link. The article provides analysis of 400 relevant documents culled from 40 million pages of tobacco industry internal...

The UK’s Lisa Blakemore-Brown Case

A part of the mental health blogosphere (especially folks in the UK) appear to be up in arms that the British Psychological Society (BPS) is secretly trying to railroad Lisa Blakemore-Brown, a psychologist in the UK who's caused some upset by making claims about vaccines and other topics that are controversial. In reaction to these claims, the BPS has launched a "fitness to practice" investigation. (An edited transcript of her BPS hearing may be found here. It should be noted that because...

Lost Love

Valentine's Day is over and so, perhaps, is your relationship. Breakups can be a huge loss, with grief appropriate to a death; in a way it is a death, the end of the shared hopes and dreams, a home and identity as a couple....

Smokerism and Mental Illness

Smoking causes many problems, in terms of death, disease, cost, and other risks, but in recent years a strong stigma has also developed. Through anti-smoking campaigns and government bans, attitudes toward smokers have become downright hostile - even to the point of suggestions that...

Female Hormones, Reward, and Mood

Estrogens and progesterone are not just sex hormones that influence ovulation and reproduction; they also affect a large number of cognitive and affective functions.

New brain imaging research shows how changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle affect how women feel pleasure and reward. Estrogen...

Zyprexa Documents Now Online

We've been following the saga of MindFreedom and the attempts to make court documents associated with a Zyprexa lawsuit public. Last week, a website was successful in publishing all of the Zyprexa documents online in PDF format. The documents are hefty in number (there were 360 in total!) and would take someone a few days to review in detail and in-depth. Furious Seasons has published about a third of the Zyprexa documents on their website now.

After reviewing some of the documents, it appears...