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Medication optimization is a term used by peers, professionals, family members and advocates calling for the adoption sound medication prescription protocols based in shared decision making, informed consent, and the principle of 'do no harm.'

Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

The Foundation's mission is to promote better mental health outcomes. We do so by identifying, developing, and sharing knowledge with the public about mental health care that best helps people recover and live well in society. We promote improvements in mental health care by sponsoring research and the development of programs designed to help people thrive--physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Click to visit Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.

When Government Propaganda Masquerades as Science

By Robert Whitaker

Bob WhitakerFive years ago, Maryland psychologist Ed Pigott read the first published results of the NIMH's large STAR*D study of antidepressants and depression. However, even as he read that first article, he got the sense that "significant researcher trickery was afoot." Since then he has systematically exposed the trickery, piece by piece.

His latest article on the study, "STAR*D: A Tale and Trail of Bias," has just been published in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. He is also now blogging about his findings onmadinamerica.com, and has posted documents there that he relied upon in his "deconstruction" of the $35 million study. Click here for a summary of his findings. 

Drug safety website

Rxisk.org - RxISK is the drug safety website to research and report side effects.
No one knows a drug’s side effects like the person taking it. Use this website to inform yourself on the drugs you are being prescribed. Take the next step and report any side effects you are experiencing to...

  • Receive your free RxISK Report to take to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Create a report to send to your country's drug regulator.
  • Help others by contributing to the RxISK database.