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Psychiatry Past & Present

A history of psychosis and corruption in modern psychiatry

About this course

David Healy offers a two part course on the prescribing of antidepressant medications. He first covers the history of psychosis, beginning in the 19th century and continuing into the present day. He then deconstructs the historical Study 329 as an example of the corruption which pervades modern psychiatric research.

Note: This lecture does not currently provide continuing education.

Course fee

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Your Instructor


Dr. David Healy is a professor of Psychiatry at Bangor University in Wales and a former secretary of the British Psychopharmacology Association. He is considered one of the premier scholars of the psychopharmacology era and has written more about “medical optimization” than any other psychiatrist in the world. Healy is the founder of RxISK.org, a data-gathering and sharing website that integrates research data with clinical expertise and the reports of those with lived experience.

Learning objectives

  • To demonstrate the declining incidence of schizophrenia now
  • To show the increasing incidence of schizophrenia in the 19th century
  • To describe the increased mortality from the treatment of psychosis now compared with pre 1955
  • To explain the implications for recovery from psychosis
  • To explore possible factors that may make some psychoses chronicTo describe the effects of antidepressant medications on a range of functions
  • To demonstrate how Study 329 intentionally modified process and outcome data to shape acceptance of and approval of antidepressants medications
  • To describe how peer-driven initiatives have proven beneficial to professionals and peers in understanding and resolving problems caused by overuse of antidepressant medications

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