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Blogs and News
1 Boring Old Man is anything but boring as he digs into topics scarcely addressed elsewhere but extremely relevant to the world of psychiatry.

Healthy Skepticism
A site coming from Australia that posts legal documents and depositions made available in the process of court cases about medicines, drug companies, pharmaceuticals. Registration (free) required.

E Pluribus Media
This citizen journalism site has several components, including an active blog, book reviews, original reporting, and three distinct series. One of them provides a timeline of events and stories about PTSD in soldiers and is noteworthy.

Alison Bass

A Boston-based investigative journalist, Bass has won several awards for penetrating analysis, and who writes often but not exclusively about issues relating to mental health and psychiatry.

Carlat Psychiatry Blog
Dr. Dan Carlat was one of the first psychiatrists to expose the conflicts of interest affecting clinicians, researchers and drug companies with feet-on-the-ground moral outrage and intelligent cynicism.

Furious Seasons
Among the older health blogs with frequent updates about issues related to psychiatric diagnosis and treatments

Editor Ed Silverman has daily, well-sourced updates, some of them bombs, about the pharmaceutical industry and all aspects of medicine, health care and business.

Dollars for Docs
A listing of physicians who have received compensation from drug companies for consulting, servicing continuing education, pitched seminars, worked with industry to promote a drug. Basically it screams conflict of interest and was developed by Pro-Publica, a not-for-profit investigative news site that digs deep and uproots important stories that would otherwise receive superficial attention.

Health Care Renewal
A blog written by several physicians about all aspects of medicine, reform, and the need for reform where it exists in the US and world.

Project on Government Oversight (POGO) digs up information, public documents, and often smoking guns showing overlap between industry, marketing of pharma and conflicts of interest. Researcher Paul Thacker was once on Sen. Charles Grassley's staff and his investigative bent showed what can be done when government takes its responsibilities to the people seriously. This continues in that vein.

Wall Street Journal Health Blog
A general health blog, well written, frequently updated throughout the day with occasional information relevant to psychiatry and substance use disorders.

Mental health information and resources
From the Council of State Government's Justice Center comes a set of resources for the behavioral health needs of people returning from prison and jail. A place to begin understanding the process comes from this Frequently Asked Questions: Health, Mental Health, & Substance Use Disorders

Mental Health First Aid
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare developed a 12-hour course "with a five-step action plan for identifying individuals in crisis and knowing more about when and how to intervene." Offered in numerous locations.

PROS Implementation Academy
A curriculum for Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) designed and implemented by NYAPRS in New York State in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health. There are twenty-two presentations in this model.

Alternatives Conference, 2010

MindFreedom International

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Medications, written by the
The Icarus Project provides information about
"mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section."

International Network toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR)

Pharma related
Carlat Psychiatry Blog


Furious Seasons




Dollars for Docs

Government Resources
A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You To view the release of the report at the National Press Club, click here.


SAMHSA Substance Abuse Locator

Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

Clinical Trials


Thomas Tracking Congressional Action

New Freedom Commission

National Stigma Clearinghouse

National Empowerment Center

National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations (NCMHCSO)

Campaign for Mental Health Reform

Mental Health America

Active Minds

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

World Psychiatric Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Association of Community Psychiatrists

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry

Research, Reports, and Recommendations
Mental Disorders and Medical Comorbidity A Robert Woods Johnson study finds high rates of comorbid health complications for people with a psychiatric diagnosis. Based on analysis of Medicaid data, it appears that three disorders predominate: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary disease. This report is based on 30 randomized trials over two decades, analyzing stress factors, trauma, medication management, life-style, and addresses new models for care.

How Military Youth and Spouses Are Coping with Deployment
A report about the emotional and psychological burden of deployment on military families by the RAND Corporation.

Making National Health Reform Real, a presentation by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, NACBHDD

Fostering System Reform from the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally, 2010 Update

Reentry Housing Options: The Policymakers' Guide

2010 Report - Army Health Promotion Risk Reduction Suicide Prevention (10MB PDF - please 'right click' and 'Save As')

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