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Love Older People & Advocate For Them

The New York Times reported on new research that shows there's been an extremely sharp rise in the use of multiple psychotropic drugs in older Americans, even those without mental health diagnoses.
"The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
"The new analysis, based on data...
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General

Thinking About: Mental Health Spending & The 2016 Presidential Election

In this presidential election, character probably counts at least as much as the issues do. But with an election that could likely change the course of this nation, we must remember that whoever moves into the White House in 2017, will be determining:  How politicians in Washington will spend our tax dollars. 

Specifically for PsychCentral readers, bloggers, and columnists, we want to think about how politicians in Washington will spend our tax dollars on mental health.
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Communication

It’s Okay To Tell Your Therapist You Aren’t Happy With Therapy

Is therapy not working for you? Do you feel disappointed in how your therapist and you interact? Do you not seem to be getting to the root of your problems? Do you feel that something is missing?

Sometimes in these cases, patients don't know what to do except let therapy drag on until they find a new therapist. Or, they let the feelings of dissatisfaction build up until they reach the point of total frustration...
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Should Docs Give Psychiatric Meds To Babies?

The news is startling. The New York Times reports:

Almost 20,000 prescriptions for risperidone (commonly known as Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and other antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children 2 and younger, a 50 percent jump from 13,000 just one year before, according to the prescription data company IMS Health. Prescriptions for the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) rose 23 percent in one year, to about 83,000.

Through adolescence, our brains and bodies change in ways...
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Is Psychology Doomed? The Problem With Psychological Research

Richard's off,  writes:

"Of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, 75% of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies failed the replication test."

So states a Guardian article about a recent study in the journal, Science, "which saw 270 scientists repeat experiments on five continents, [and which] was launched by psychologists in the US in response to rising concerns over the reliability of psychology research."

Why is this important and why should you care?
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